04562832 is referenced by 331 patents and cites 8 patents.

A disposable medical instrument and light pipe illumination assembly fabricated of synthetic plastic material. When put to use, the instrument, such as a surgical retractor, assumes a position at which its operative section lies adjacent the field of medical interest, such as a body cavity or surgical site. Joined to the instrument is a short flexible light pipe whose optical inlet end is coupled to a light source and whose optical outlet end is next to the operative section to project light into the field. The outlet end of the light pipe is sheathed in a bendable tubular neck having dead-soft characteristics whereby by bending the neck, the user is able to orient the outlet to direct the projected light toward a desired region in the field of interest.

Title
Medical instrument and light pipe illumination assembly
Application Number
6/612149
Publication Number
4562832
Application Date
May 21, 1984
Publication Date
January 7, 1986
Inventor
Franklin G Reick
228 West Pl., Westwood, 07675
NJ, US
Joseph R Wilder
151 W. 86th St., Apt. 9D, New York, 10024
NY, US
Agent
Michael Ebert
IPC
A61B 17/02
A61B 1/06
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