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A link, and assembly and instrument using same, for transmitting actuating forces from an actuating member to a work member. The link includes a link body having a distal end and a proximal end. The distal end of the link body is movably interconnected with the work member by a distal interconnection element such as an arcuate groove-and-flange assembly, and is interconnected at its proximal end to an actuating member by a proximal pivotal interconnection element. The proximal element transmits a first actuating force from the actuating member to the work member. A shoulder, disposed on the link body preferably between the distal and proximal elements for interconnecting, engages the actuating member when a second, greater actuating force is applied to the actuating member in a direction opposite to that of the first actuating force. The greater force is thereby transmitted fully to the work member. The link assembly preferably includes a spacer member to assist positioning of the actuating member.

Title
Actuating forces transmission link and assembly for use in surgical instruments
Application Number
7/779431
Publication Number
5366477
Application Date
October 17, 1991
Publication Date
November 22, 1994
Inventor
George J Sikora
Brockton
MA, US
Peter D Naugler
Manchester
MA, US
Paul DiCarlo
E. Falmouth
MA, US
Francis J DiFrancesco
Foxboro
MA, US
Norman J LeMarie III
Taunton
MA, US
Agent
D E Denninger
Assignee
American Cyanamid Company
NJ, US
IPC
A61B 17/24
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