0514139-A2 is referenced by 229 patents and cites 4 patents.

A stapler is disclosed that includes a mechanism for sensing (80) whether the stapler is loaded with a fired cartridge housing and for preventing the stapler from being closed or fired when loaded with the fired cartridge. The mechanism also prevents the stapler from firing or clamping on tissue when the stapler is not loaded with a staple cartridge. Also a safety guide member (88) prevents the cartridge assembly from moving unless the alignment pin (90) is in the alignment position by means of a safety gate (95) and a safety notch (92).

Title
Surgical stapler with spent cartridge sensing and lockout means.
Application Number
EP19920304275 19920512
Publication Number
0514139 (A2)
Application Date
May 12, 1992
Publication Date
November 19, 1992
Inventor
Plyley Alan K
US
Eyerly Robert M
US
Solyntjes Alan J
US
Assignee
Minnesota Mining & Mfg
US
IPC
A61B 17/072
A61B 17/068
A61B 17/072
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