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Improved Cable Management for combination device that provides suction, irrigation and cautery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248789D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 86K

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Abstract

Combination devices that provide suction, irrigation and cautery typically have a short suction and irrigation tubes with connectors, and a long electrical cable extending from the housing. A separate irrigation and suction tube set is connected to the respective tubes on the handle and to suction and irrigation sources in the Operating Room. These tube sets and the electrical cable are coiled in the package and want to return to the coiled form when removed from the package and straightened. Nurses, when setting up the device will connect the tube set, and tape the suction tube, irrigation tube, and cable every 6- 12" to aid in managing the tubing. This can be a cumbersome and time consuming process.

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Improved Cable Management for combination device that provides suction, irrigation and cautery

Summary Problem statement: Combination devices that provide suction, irrigation and cautery typically have a short suction and irrigation tubes with connectors, and a long electrical cable extending from the housing. A separate irrigation and suction tube set is connected to the respective tubes on the handle and to suction and irrigation sources in the Operating Room. These tube sets and the electrical cable are coiled in the package and want to return to the coiled form when removed from the package and straightened. Nurses, when setting up the device will connect the tube set, and tape the suction tube, irrigation tube, and cable every 6- 12" to aid in managing the tubing. This can be a cumbersome and time consuming process. One idea to improve in the management of the tubes and cable is described below.

Description Extrude the Suction and Irrigation tubes together out of silicone or similar material, along with a cable retainer. The new extrusion would replace the current suction tube, suction connector, irrigation tube, and irrigation connector in the handles, as well as the tube set. The cable is inserted into the cable retainer of the extruded tube set at manufacturing. (Figure 1) When the nurse unpacks the handle the tubes and cables are all together. A necked down section in between the tubes (Figure 2) allows the tubes to be separated from each other at manufacturing for...