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A lockout mechanism actuable upon the firing of staples in a surgical staple cartridge such that the lockout mechanism prevents the refiring of the spent staple cartridge when that cartridge remains loaded within the surgical stapler. In addition, the lockout mechanism will prevent reloading of a spent staple cartridge within a surgical stapler after the spent staple cartridge has been removed from the surgical stapler.

Title
Surgical stapler cartridge lockout device
Application Number
7/267907
Publication Number
4892244
Application Date
November 7, 1988
Publication Date
January 9, 1990
Inventor
Mark S Zeiner
Cincinnati
OH, US
Richard P Nuchols
Beavercreek
OH, US
Rudolph H Nobis
Cincinnati
OH, US
William D Fox
New Richmond
OH, US
Agent
Paul A Coletti
Assignee
Ethicon
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/10
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