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A limited use medical probe is disclosed, including a memory for maintaining a use value. The medical probe is coupled to a medical device that inhibits its function when the use value reaches a predetermined threshold value, preventing improper use of the probe. The probe memory may also store identification, usage, and clinical data. A probe auto-identification function, a probe re-identification function and a probe functional test sequence are disclosed for the medical probe. After use, a reprocessing step may reset the probe memory, permitting further probe use.

Title
Limited use medical probe
Application Number
10/361167
Publication Number
7048687 (B1)
Application Date
February 6, 2003
Publication Date
May 23, 2006
Inventor
Michael T Larsen
Brookfield
WI, US
Dennis E Bahr
Middleton
WI, US
Gerhard von der Ruhr
Brookfield
WI, US
James L Reuss
Waukesha
WI, US
Agent
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren sc
Assignee
OB Scientific
WI, US
IPC
A61B 5/00
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