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July 17, 1962
c. E. HORTON ETAL
3,044,338
STERILE GAUZE DISPENSER WITH CUTTING MEANS THERE-ON
Filed April 21, 1958
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INVENTOR
Charles E. Horton
Amos Leo Lewis
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ATTORNEYS
Unite States Patent 0 ice
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3,044,338
STERELE GAUZE DISPENSER WITH
CG MEANS TI-EREON
Charles E. Horton, 505 Brackenridge Ave., Norfolk, Va.,
and Amos L. Lewis, 428 Clyndon St. NE, Vienna, Va.
Filed Apr. 21, 1958, Ser. No. 729,824
6 Claims. (Cl. 83-649)
This invention relates to a novel device for dispensing
in portions a strip of material.
More particularly the invention relates to a specially
constructed dispenser to facilitate medicating, autoclaving,
and subsequently dispensing any desired portion or por
tions of a strip of medicated gauze and at the same time
providing storage for the gauze in sterile condition for an
extended period of time.
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For the initial part of the dressing of a wound physi
3,044,338
Patented July 17, 1962
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end 18 to protrude between the upper and lower shear
blades 5 and 6 respectively of either a pair of conven
tional straight edge shears or a pair of pinking shears
according to the desired con?guration of the sheared end
of the gauze. Both types of shears'are well known in
the art.
Shears support 14 is ?xedly secured to container cover
3 by convenient means such as welding, screwing or rivet
ing. Lower‘ gauze-guide spring 9 is similarly secured to
container cover 3.. It is preferably provided with aco
operating stop 23 which may in addition provide a
rounded edge 24 forslot 13.
Container cover 3 is secured to container 2 in a well
known and convenient manner as by an overlapping per
imeter forming a tight friction ?t or by means of grooves.
It may be locked in closed position by knurled screw 22
passing through slots in gauze-guide cover 7 and con- '
tainer cover 3. Gauze-guide cover 7 is thus removably
secured to container cover 3 for convenience in thread
ments. It is important that not only the basic portion of 20 ing the gauze 1 between gauze-guides 8 and 9. Gauze
the strip be kept sterile but that each dispensed portion ' guide spring 8 is ?xedly secured to gauze-guide cover 7
in a well known manneras by rivets l5. Hinged shears
be likewise completely sterile. Furthermore, it is desir
cover 16 cooperates with gauze-guide cover 7 to provide
able to have several convenient, compact and easily usable
cians may use pieces of medicated gauze or similar mate
rial cut or torn to lengths according to current require
dispensers to provide a readily available stock of each
protection for the dispenser shearing mechanism when
type and size of gauze that may be required on a moment’s 25 not in use.
notice.
It is furthermore desirable that at least one spare pack
age of gauze be available in a container for quick in
Lower blade 6 of the shears is secured to
shears support 14 by means of elongated shears pivot
bolt 17.
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If a roll instead of a zig-zag pack of gauze is used a
U-shaped clip 19 slidably mounted. between dimples or
sertion into the dispenser.
An object of this invention is to provide a dispenser 30 bosses 21 and carrying shaft 20 to support the roll of
gauze is provided.
with a readily removable container for storage of a strip
The operation of the dispenser is as follows:
of material such as a roll of gauze.
A pack of gauze and medication are placed in con
-It is a further object of the invention to provide such
tainer 2, and the device is assembled and autoclaved as
a container into which a medicating substance may be
placedrwhereby the entire strip may be thoroughly medi 3-5 hereinbefore described. Hinged shears-cover 16 is lifted
to the open position shown in FIGURE 2. Then hold
cated and the container and gauze may be autoclaved
ing the shears in the normal way in the right hand, the
and maintained interiorly in a closed, sterile condition
handles are spread. Upper shears blade 5 lifts tab 11 of
for an extended period of time.
upper spring gauze-guide 8 permitting lower spring gauze
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
guide 9 under tension to rise. It is to be here noted‘ that
a dispenser to which such a container can be readily at
upper spring gauze-guide 8 is considerably stiffer-‘than
lower spring gauze-guide 9 and normally holds it against
tached either after or prior to autoclaving.
It is a still further object of the invention to provide
stop 23. The rising of lower spring gauze-guide 9 lifts
such a dispenser with a container and a shearing means
whereby successive portions of the medicated strip of 45 the end 18 of the gauze away from the lower cutting '
edge of the shears so that the gauze 18 may be grasped
the same or varying lengths may be readily extended
by sterile ?ngers or forceps in thumb notch 12. The de
and sheared off without affecting the sterility of the re
sired portion of gauze is then pulled out horizontally .be
moved portions or the remaining portion of the strip.
tween the separated shears blades and snipped off. _ After
Other objects reside in simpli?cation, improvement and
as many successive pieces as desired are removed‘, hinged
novelty of construction details.
50 shears-cover 16 is swung to closed position and the assem
Further objects will in part be pointed out and shown
bly is returned to storage or shelf. The bottom of con
in the accompanying drawing.
tainer 2 and the lower shears handle form a three point
The invention accordingly consists in the combination
support on the storage shelf.
of the elements, arrangements of parts and features of
In order to provide a standby supply of medicated gauze
construction and usage all as will be more fully pointed
in readiness, extra containers _2 with blank covers having
out hereinafter and disclosed in the accompanying draw
perirneters like container cover 3 may be provided. The
ing wherein:
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extra containers are each provided with gauze Packs and
FIGURE 1 is a view of the assembled device.
medication and autoclaved‘ at the same time as the as
FIGURE 2 is a vertical section of the device at the
near endlof a roll of gauze.
FIGURE 3 is a plan view of the device with cover 7
sembled device.
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Alternately if it is desired that the extra containers 2
be disposable packing containers they may be made of
removed.
inexpensive material such as molded plastic with the
Similar reference characters refer to similar parts
cover inset so that its removal is not necessary for mount
throughout the several views of the drawing.
ing cover 3. This inset cover has a slot which registers
A roll or pack of gauze 1 is placed in container 2.‘
with slot 13 when assembled. This slot is covered with
Into container 2 may also be placed enough of a selected
a removable seal such as adhesive tape to which the end
medication to thoroughly medicate the gauze 1 during
18 of the roll of gauze in the container is attached. Re
the autoclaving process. The quantity of medication will
moval of the adhesive tape seal exposes the end 18 of
vary according to the quantity, type and width of gauze.
the gauze which is then threaded through slot 13 as above
The free end 18 of gauze 1 is threaded through slot 13 70 described. Thus the disposable container 2 may be-fac- ,
tory packed and sterilized for shipment and storage in
in container cover 3 thence between upper spring gauze
this convenient disposable package.
guide @ and lower spring gauze-guide 9 allowing the free
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Now‘from the foregoing it will be seen that there‘ is
said container.
including many advantages of great practical and hu
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4. The dispenser according to claim 3 wherein said
strip guide structure comprises a ?rst guide member
manitarian value enabling Wounds to be dressed rapidly
even under ‘very unfavorable emergency conditions and
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to support a portion of said strip material to be grasped
and drawn over said blades without contamination of
the stated objects of this invention and additional features
surroundings.
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guide structure’ positioned in the space between said ?rst
and second covers between said opening and said blades
herein provided a device to store and to conveniently and
' ‘rapidly dispense medicated or unmedicated sterile gauze
and the like for the use of physicians and others skilled
in'the art of medicine. 7 Thedevice accomplishes all of Cit
movably mounted on said ?rst cover and a'second guide
member movably mounted on said second cover whereby
when said second cover is removed, said strip may be
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Therefore as many embodiments may be made of the
readily passed over said ?rst guide member to facilitate
inventive concept and as many modi?cations may be
the initial threading of said strip through said guide struc~
made of the embodiments hereinbefore set forth and
shown in the accompanying drawing it is to be understood
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ture.
5. A portable dispenser vfor dispensing selected lengths
that all matters hereinbetore set forth and shown are to 15
of sterile material in strip form comprising a container
be interpreted merely as illustrative and not ‘in a limiting
for said material, a ?rst cover detachably mounted on
said container, said ?rst cover having an opening for the
We claim:
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passage of said material from said container, a second
1'. A portable dispenser for dispensing selected lengths
cover detachably mounted on said container ‘and extend- _ of sterile material in strip form comprising ‘a container
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over said ?rst cover and said opening, cutting means
for said material, a ?rst cover detachably mounted on
mounted on one of said covers and having a ?xed blade
said container, 'said ?rst cover having an opening for
and a movable blade, at least the operative portion of
the passage of said material from said container, a sec?
said
blades being enclosed by said- second cover, a door
I ond cover detachably mounted on said container and ex
tending over said ?rst cover and said opening,’ cutting 25 movably mounted on said second cover, said door being
movable to permit the withdrawal of a selected length
means mounted on‘ one of said covers and having blades
and an operator, at least the operative portion of said ' of said material, guide structure movably mounted in
the space between said ?rst and second covers and hav
blades being enclosed by said second cover and said op
ing an entrance portion adjacent ‘said opening and an
erator being positioned externally of said second cover,
means to support a portion of said sterile material be 30 exit portion adjacent said blades operative to support a
portion of said strip material in position to be with
tween said ?rst and second covers in position to be grasped ~
drawn between said blades without contaminating said
I and drawn between said blades without contaminating said
container, means for maintaining the exit portion of said
container and a door movably mounted on one of 'said
guide structure normally in alignment with said ?xed
covers normally closing the space between said ?rst and
blade,
and means responsive tov the movement of said
second covers and being movable to permit the with
movable blade to raise said guide structure away from
drawal of a selected length of said material.
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sense.
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said ?xed cutting blade to facilitate the withdrawal of
2. The dispenser according to claimY-l wherein said
said strip therefrom.
' blades comprise a ?xed blade and a movable blade and
whereina portion of said door is disposed in the path of
‘said movable blade to be opened thereby.
3. A portable dispenser for dispensing selected lengths
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6. A dispenser according to claimv 5 wherein said guide
structure comprises a ?rst guide member movably carried
40 by said ?rst cover and a second guide member movably
of ‘sterile material in strip form comprising a container
for said material, a ?rst cover detachably mounted on
said container, said ?rst cover having an openingfor the
passage of said material from said container, a second
cover detachably mounted on said container and extend
ing over?rst cover, cutting means mounted on one of 1
said covers, said cutting means having blades enclosed
carried by‘ said second cover whereby when said second
cover is removed said strip may be readily passed over
said ?rst guide member to ‘facilitate the initial threading
of said strip through said ‘guide structure.
References [Cited in the ?le of this patent
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UNITED STATES PATENTS
by said second cover and an operator positioned external
1,540,876
ly of said second cover, a door movably mounted on one 1
1,840,958
Kendall ____ __~ _______ __ Jan. 12, 1932
of said covers normally closing the space between said
?rst and second covers and being movable to permit‘the
withdrawal of a selected length of said material, and strip
1,946,105
Parlett ______________ _.. Feb. 6, 1934
2,295,648
2,449,508
Gillanders' ______ __v_.___. Sept. 15, 1942
Reynolds ___________ __ Sept. 14, 1948
Dwyer ______________ __ June 9, 1925
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