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Cartridge Sled Indicator Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236712D
Publication Date: 2014-May-12
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The sled in the cartridge is designed to be visible during the use of an endocutter, in order to provide positional feedback to the surgeon on the stapling location. It provides current status regardless if the knife has been returned.

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Cartridge Sled Indicator 


The sled in the cartridge is designed to be visible during the use of an endocutter, in order to  provide positional feedback to the surgeon on the stapling location.  It provides current status  regardless if the knife has been returned. 

Description  The stapling position during firing is indicated using a visible fin that protrudes through the  bottom of the Cartridge pan and Channel slot.  Visualization of this feature shows the current  position of the sled (not the knife).  For endocutters with automatically retracting firing  systems, this indicator retains status.  It also provides feedback on if the device is ready to fire,  partially, or fully spent.  Finally, it provides feedback of the disposition of the cartridge when  the cartridge is not installed. 

Key Facets 

1. Protruding fin on the sled. 

2. Pan slot, similar to Echelon 

3. Pan protrusion on the proximal end that protects the sled from being bumped   

 Protruding  Sled Indicator 


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