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Robert L Nichols: Shut off valve for medical suction apparatus. Richards Harris & Medlock, March 17, 1981: US04256109 (487 worldwide citation)

The specification discloses an improved shut off valve for a canister and lid assembly used as part of a medical suction apparatus. The valve includes a cylindrical plunger made of a soft rubber-like material and having an upwardly facing concave disc integrally formed on the top of the plunger. Whe ...


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Robert L Nichols, Keith F Lindsey, William H Patterson: Apparatus and method for holding a medical instrument. Johnson & Johnson Medical, Baker & Botts, September 13, 1994: US05346075 (129 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus are provided for holding a medical instrument. The medical instrument is held in a cradle (112) having first and second interlockable regions (114, 116). The cradle (112) is coupled to a first mating element (124). The first mating element (124) is coupled to a second mating e ...


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Robert L Nichols: Stackable medical instrument sterilizer container. Jerry W Mills, Jefferson Perkins, Alan W Lintel, March 1, 1988: US04728504 (60 worldwide citation)

A medical instruments sterilization container (10) includes a housing (12) and a removable dome-shaped lid (14) having a filtered inlet port (18) disposed therethrough for permitting the passage of gas or steam into housing (12). A removable tray (16) is adapted to be disposed within housing (12) to ...


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Robert L Nichols: Vacuum port connector assembly on fluid collection apparatus. American Hospital Supply, Jerry W Mills, Jerry R Selinger, Greg M Howison, July 17, 1984: US04460361 (42 worldwide citation)

An improved vacuum attachment assembly for suction apparatus is provided. The invention includes a vacuum line coupling system that is incompatible with the inlet port such that inadvertent attachment of the vacuum line to the inlet port is impossible. The vacuum connection system further includes a ...


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Robert L Nichols: Filtered port suitable for medical sterilization containers and method or use thereof. Jerry W Mills, Jefferson Perkins, November 3, 1987: US04704254 (39 worldwide citation)

One or more ports (34) are formed in a bottom wall (18) of a housing (12) and/or a lid (14) of a medical instrument sterilization container (10). As formed in bottom wall (18), the port (34) includes a circumferential, downwardly tapering side member (42) that extends to a bottom member (40) having ...


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Robert L Nichols: Suction system with cover-port cap attachment breakaway tab. Richards Harris & Medlock, September 7, 1982: US04347946 (39 worldwide citation)

An attachment breakaway tab (60) is provided for use in a suction system (10) for draining fluid from a source. The suction system (10) includes a fluid receptacle (12) and a cover member (14). The cover member (14) includes ports (16, 18, 20). Cap members (30, 40, and 50) are provided to engage and ...


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Robert L Nichols, William H Patterson, Keith F Lindsey: Medical instrument sterilization container with a contaminant plug. Johnson & Johnson Medical, Baker & Botts, June 28, 1994: US05324489 (31 worldwide citation)

A medical instrument sterilization container (10) is provided which includes a port (18). A removable filter (32) is received within port (18) to enable sterilization of instruments placed within container (10). A removable plug (48) replaces filter (32) to enable container (10) to be used to transp ...


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Robert L Nichols: Medical instrument sterilization container. Jerry W Mills, Gregory M Howison, October 14, 1986: US04617178 (29 worldwide citation)

A medical instruments sterilization container (10) which includes a housing (12) and a removable lid (14). A removable tray (16) is adapted to hold various medical instruments to be sterilized. The container is formed of a polymer of relatively low thermal conductivity, with a material having a rela ...


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Robert L Nichols: Controlled-release security band for sterilization container. Jerry W Mills, Gregory M Howison, December 2, 1986: US04625885 (29 worldwide citation)

A security system for a sterilization container (10) comprises a first member (18) and a second member (24) of a clamp (16). The first member (18) is adjacent to the second member (24) when the container (10) is closed, and is in a position spaced from the second member (24) when the container (10) ...


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Robert L Nichols: Medical instrument sterilization container. Baker Mills & Glast, April 10, 1990: US04915918 (27 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is a medical instruments sterilization container (10) which includes a housing (12) and a removable lid (14). A removable tray (16) is adapted to hold various medical instruments to be sterilized. The container is formed of a polymer of relatively low thermal conductivity, with a material ...