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Патент USA US3066371

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Dec. 4, 1962
Filed April 25, 1960
George J. England
BY gym*
United States Patent O?âce
3 066,?:61
George J. England, 316 S. Franklin St., Kirksville, Mo.
Filed Apr. 26, 1960, Ser. No. 24,769
1 Claim. (Cl. 21-90)
The present invention generally relates to a sterilizing
unit and more particularly to a portable unit for ster
Fatented Dec. 4, 1952
closure cap 14 may be also constructed of any suitable
material. The material of the cap must necessarily be
impervious to attack from the sterilizing liquid.
Disposed within the container 12 is an elevating cage
generally designated by the numeral 18 which generally
is in the form of a U-shaped member having spaced
parallel vertical legs 26 and 22 interconnected by a
horizontal bight portion 26 which extends diametrically
of the bottom of the container 12. Disposed transversely
ilizing a hypodermic syringe and needle assembly so that 10 of and perpendicular to the bight portion 24 is a diame
a hypodermic syringe and needle may be easily trans
trically extending rod member 26 secured to the bight
ported or carried by a person requiring the use of such
portion 24 as by welding 28 or any other suitable con
nection. With this construction, the lower end of the
Certain persons require the use of hypodermíc syringes
elevating cage 18 will 'be centrally disposed within the
and needles for self-injection of medicaments and the 15 container 12 and this Construction also will guide the
cage during elevational movement thereof.
like. When such persons travel, it is necessary that the
hypodermic syringe and needle be taken with them for
The cage 18 is provided for supporting a plunger bar
use when necessary. The hypodermic syringe and needle
rel 36, a plunger 32 and a needle 34. The plunger bar
should be sterile When used and it is quite dif?cult to
rel 36 is supported in a pair of Vertically spaced and
maintain sterilization during transportation. Therefore, 20 aligned rings 36 and 38 that are rigidly secured to the
it is the primary object of the present invention to pro
leg 26. The plunger barrel 38 is supported from the
vide a Portable sterilizing unit for hypodermic syringes
upper ring 36 by virtue of laterally extending ñanges or
and needles generally in the form of a container for
lugs 40 formed on the plunger barrel 36, thus enabling
holding a predetermined supply of sterilizing ?uid to
the lugs 46 to be grasped by the thumb and fore?nger for
gether with a holder in the form of a cage for holding the 25 holding the plunger barrel while maintainir?g it in sterile
disassembled needle, plunger barrel and plunger sub
merged within the sterilizing ?uid with the cage also in
cluding a handle for elevating the components for re
moval thereof and assembly thereof without contaminat
ing the Components.
Another object of the present inventior? is to provide
a sterilizing unit in accordance with the preceding objects
which is impervious to any Chemical action of the alcohol
or other liquid sterilizing agent employed with the entire
assembly being constructed of material rendering it sub
stantially unbreakable and shock resistant thereby en
The plunger 32 is supported by a pair of rings 42 and
44 which are vertically spaced and aligned and which
are rigidly al?xed to the rings 36 and 38 respectively as
30 'by welding 46 and also rigidly ?xed to the vertical leg
22. The plunger is Suspended from the top ring 42 by
virtue of the flange at the upper end of the plunger
whereby the plunger will bang onthe ring 42.
The needle 34 is supported from a needle holder in
the form of a sleeve 48 which includes upwardly pro
jecting diametrically opposed legs 56 having inwardly
abling the sterilizing unit to be transported in suitcases,
travelling bags, shaving kits and the like.
A further important object of the present invention
extending prongs or projections 52 at the upper end
any suitable means as illustrated in FIGURE 4 thus ori
thereof tor grippingly engaging the needle 34. This is
a clip type needle holder which is tubular and is similar
is to provide a sterilizing unit which is simple in Construc 40 to the protective holder in which hypodermic needles
are normally provided When they are purchased. The
tion, easy to use, dependable, long lasting, well adapted
'for its speci?c purposes and generally inexpensive to
needle holder is a?ixed to the upper rings 42 and 36 by
These together with other objects and advantages which
entating the rings and needle holder in a close cluster
Will become subsequently apparent reside in the details 45 as illustrated in FIGURE 4.
of Construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
The leg 22 is elongated in relation to the leg 26 and
described and claimed, reference being had to the ac
terminates adjacent the upper end of the container 12
companying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like
thus enabling the upper end of the leg 22 to be grasped
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
so that the entire elevator cage 13 may -be elevated for
FIGURE l is a perspective view of the sterilizing unit 50 providing access to the plunger barrel 36, plunger 32 and
needle 34. When the Components are within the cage
of the present invention;
`PICTURE 2 is a perspective view of the elevating cage
and it is lowered, the Components will be submerged
below the sterilizing liquid for sterilization thereof.
employed within the container;
FIGURE 3 is a vertical sectional view taken substan
In operation, the plunger, plunger barrel and needle
tially upon a longitudinal plane extendíng along the cen 55 of the hy-podermic syringe are deposited into their re
ter line of the sterilizing unit; and
spective holders in the assembled elevator cage and then
FIGURE 4 is a transverse, plan sectional view taken
the elevator cage is lowered into the container which has
substantially upon a plane passing along section line 4-4
been ?lled to the proper level with the sterilizing ?uid.
of FIGURE 3 illustrating the relationship of the com
After a proper length of time for sterilization to take
60 place, the elevator may be raised a suí?cient height so
ponents of the elevating cage to the container.
Referring now speci?cally to the drawings, the nu
that the ?ange top of the plunger may be picked up by
meral 16 generally designates the sterilizing unit of the
the tips of the thumb and index ?nger and the plunger
present invention which includes a generally cylindrical
thus inserted into the plunger barrel of the syringe as it
receptacle or container 12 having a removable screw
remains in place in the elevator cage. Then, the plunger
threaded closure cap 14 engaging the upper end thereof. 65 is compressed or moved into the barrel to expel the ster
The closure cap 14 is provided with a sealing gasket 16
ilizing ?uid therein. The combined barrel and plunger
on the inner surface thereof for engaging the upper end
may then be removed from the barrel holder by the
of the receptacle 12 thus preventing leakage thereof.
thumb and index ?nger and the 'barrel plunger is inserted
The closure cap 14 is screw threaded onto the container
into the hole and shank of the needle and by a slight
12 and engages threads formed on the upper end thereof. 70 twist and downward pressure being given to the needle
The container 12 may be constructed of any suitable
while in the holder, the needle is joined to the barrel
material such as glass, plastic, metal and the like and the
plunger and may be withdrawn from its holder thereby
assembling the plunger barrel, plunger and needle in
sterilizing ?uid within the container, a supporting cage
ane complete unit ready for use. After its use, the
syringe may be dísassembled and placed back into its re~
disposed within the container for movement from a
position completely received within the container to a
spective holding rings and' needle holder in the elevating
position exteriorly thereof, said cage including means.
removably supporting a plunger barrel, means removably
supporting a plunger along'side but spaced' from the
plunger barrel and means removably supporting a needle
alongside but spaced from the plunger barrel and plunger,
sequent use.
said cage being substantially U-shaped in con?guration
The device is preferably constructed of plastic material
for the Shock resistant qualities and the low cost of con 10 With the bight portion of the U-shaped cage extending
diametrically of the bottom of the container and the legs
struction. This renders the device especially suited to
of the U-shaped cage extending vertically upwardly to
portability and convenient sterilization of a hypodermic
:age with the cage then being dropped back into the ster
ilizíng ?uid container whereby sterilization once again
will start So that the Components will be sterile for sub
syringe and needle so that such units may be readily avail
able to persons requiring them.
As an alternative structure, the elevator cage could
be constructed of upper and lower circular disks with
holes to accommodate the Components of the syringe and
needle. However, With the rod-like cage illustrated, the
unit can be withdrawn and replaced from _the container
with aminimum amount of care with regard to spilling
wards the upper end of the container, said container
having an open upper end with the closure thereon, one
leg of said U-shaped cage extending above the other
and terminating at the upper end of the container for
providing a handle for lifting the cage thereby elevating
.the cage and the needle, plunger barrel and plunger for
enabling access to be had to the plunger, plunger 'barrel
20 and needle without extending the ?ngers into the ster
ilizing ?uid', said bight portion having a transverse rod
of the sterilizing ?uid and the like.
rigidly Secured thereto and disposed in perpendicular
In certain instances, wider upright members 20 and
22 may be employed and due to the guiding relationship
relation thereto whereby the bight portion and the trans
verse rod extend diametrically across the bottom of the
between the wider vertical uprights 20 and 22 and the
container for guiding the cage during vertical movement
:ontaínen the transverse ,member 26 may be eliminated.
[n fact, the bottom portion or bight 24 of the U-shaped
thereof so that the cage will not splash or otherwise ex
cessively displace the sterilizing ?uid and for stabilizing
member could also be dispensed with since the vertical
the cage in upright condition when placed on a support
uprights ,20 and 22 may be connected rigidly in relation
to each other by the ring members which support the
ing surface, said means for holding the plunger barrel
:omponents of the syringe.
30 including a pair of vertically spaced and aligned rings
rigid with the cage and adapted to receive the plunger
The rings 36 and 38, 42 and 44 may be attached to
barrel with the upper of the rings engaging lateral -pro
each other in a manner other than rigid and may be of
jections on the upper end of the plunger barrel thereby
:ontinuous one-piece Construction rather than of the
suspending the plunger barrel from the upper ring with
Nelded construction as speci?cally described. In fact,
ane set of rings may not even be connected together at 35 the lower ring forming a guide for the lower end of the
plunger barrel, said means for supporting' the plunger
including a pair of vertically spaced and aligned rings
ill if desired thus permitting variation in the vertical
positions of the rings in relation to each other.
Other types of ?nger arrangements maybe employed
rigid with the cage With the upper ring adapted to be
engaged by lateral projecting means on the plunger there
:onstruction and may have two, four or more ?ngers 40 by suspending the plunger from the upper ring with the
lower ring forming a guide therefor, said means for
Ëor holding the needle. Further, the container may be
holding a needle including a tubular sleeve, a pair of
Jf any suitable 'material including unbreakable material,
upwardly ektending ?ngers at diametrically opposed
glass, plastic or any other suitable material. Due to the
?hock resistance Construction of the cage for holding
points on said sleeve, each of the ?ngers terminating at
its upper end in inwardly extending lugs for cngagement
;he disasscmbled syringe and the needle, it is found that
:ven with the container -being constructed of glass, the
with a needle 'and resiliently gripping a needle, said
:omponents supported within the holder are protected
sleeve being rigid with the means for holding the plunger
?rom ordinary transportation shocks.
and the means for holding the plunger barrel, said tubular
sleeve being connected with the upper rings of the pairs
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
ninciples of the invention. Further, since numerous 50 of rings with the rings being rigidly connected with each
nodi?cation and changes will readily occur to those
other, ,said container, closure and cage being constructed
of unbreakable material thereby facilitating portability
;killed in the art, it is not desired to limit the ínvention
Ëor holding the needle may be of either metal or plastic
of the sterilization unit for use by persons requiring a
o the exact Construction and operation shown and de
hypodermic syringe and needle while traveling.
?cribed, and accordingly, all suitable modi?cations and'
:quivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope 55
?f the invention as claimed.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
What is claimed as new is as follows:
A sterilizing unit for a dísassembled hypod'ermic
tyringe and needle including a plunger, a plunger 'barrel
:nd a needle, said unit comprisíng a container, a remov
?ble closure for the contaíner for scaling a quantity of
Butzke _______________ __ Apr. 18, 1944
Blocher _____________ __ Mar. 18, 1947
Pestolesi ____________ _._ Sept. 26, 1950
_Kosswig ____,_l_?__,_._____ Mar. 22, 1960
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