04671943 is referenced by 48 patents and cites 14 patents.

A container for sterilizing, and storing and presenting surgical instruments and materials in a sterilized condition has a container base member with a cover and bottom and side apertures for passage of a sterilizing agent; a sealing gasket between the container cover and the base member provides a seal and a tortuous path constituting a probability filter is provided exteriorly of the seal; a removable tray for instruments to be sterilized is carried within the container; a removable filter element commensurate in shape to the container base member is located intermediate the removable tray and the bottom of the container base member; the filter element may be of a soft formed element or may have a frame and is located with a portion extending outwardly between the base member and cover past the sealing gasket; the filter element provides a filter path permitting passage of sterilizing agent received through the bottom and side apertures into the container while the filter element inside the container and the tortuous path constituting a probability filter outside the container present a barrier to the passage of microorganisms to instruments in the tray after being sterilized.

Title
Sterilization and storage container
Application Number
6/605039
Publication Number
4671943
Application Date
April 30, 1984
Publication Date
June 9, 1987
Inventor
Joseph D Wahlquist
Woodstock
GA, US
Agent
Patrick C Wilson
Assignee
Kimberly Clark Corporation
WI, US
IPC
A61L 2/20
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