07135020 is referenced by 193 patents and cites 438 patents.

An electrode assembly for use in combination with an electrosurgical instrument which includes opposing end effectors and a handle for effecting movement of the end effectors relative to one another. The assembly includes a housing having one portion which is removably engageable with the electrosurgical instrument and a pair of electrodes each having an electrically conductive sealing surface and an insulating substrate. The electrodes are removably engageable with the end effectors of the electrosurgical instrument such that the electrodes reside in opposing relation relative to one another. The insulating substrate is made from a plastic material having a high Comparative Tracking Index to reduce the incidence of flashover.

Title
Electrosurgical instrument reducing flashover
Application Number
10/474226
Publication Number
7135020 (B2)
Application Date
April 6, 2001
Publication Date
November 14, 2006
Inventor
Steven P Buysse
Longmont
CO, US
Philip M Tetzlaff
Superior
CO, US
Kristin D Johnson
Louisville
CO, US
Sean T Dycus
Denver
CO, US
Kate R Lawes
Superior
CO, US
Assignee
Sherwood Services
CH
IPC
A61B 18/18
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