US Patent No: 6,620,390

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Sterilizing container

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Abstract

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A sterilizing container for holding surgical instruments or other sterilizing material during sterilization and for maintaining the sterilized condition during storage and transportation. The container has a body portion with at least one opening to permit exchange of media during the sterilization process. The filter is fitted in a sealing manner into the opening and permits at least a limited exchange of media and forms a barrier to microorganisms during storage. A self-closing inlet valve is provided so as to open toward the inside of the container when a predetermined pressure difference between external pressure and internal pressure is exceeded. A self-closing outlet valve is provided so as to open outward when a predetermined pressure difference between internal pressure and external pressure is exceeded. The filter is clamped in a holding frame and is supported all around on the holding frame with a form fit. The holding frame in turn is clamped on the edge of the container opening. At least the inward valve is arranged inside the holding frame.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WAGNER GMBH FABRIK FUR MEDIZINISCHE GERATENot Provided3

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Wagner, Peter Langenneufnach, DE 232 1789

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CASE MEDICAL, INC. (1)
5,968,459 Filtered flash sterilization apparatus 15 1998
 
GEORG WARNER KG (1)
4,551,311 Sterilizer container 62 1982
 
KARL LEIBINGER MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH & CO. KG (1)
4,512,498 Sterilizable container 47 1984
 
Sanderson; Roger S. (1)
4,584,182 Sterilized storage container 21 1982
 
STERIS INC. (1)
5,202,098 Medical instrument sterilization container with pressure induced positive drainage 28 1991
 
WAGNER, HANS (1)
5,019,345 Method for sterilizing containers 9 1988

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
AESCULAP AG (5)
7,036,678 Sterile container and lid for a sterile container 1 2002
6,994,128 Sterile container 6 2004
7,401,628 Sterile container 0 2005
7,267,246 Sterile container and lid for a sterile container 8 2006
7,914,751 Sterile container 2 2006
 
AMERICAN STERILIZER COMPANY (1)
8,012,424 Container for holding items to be microbially deactivated in a reprocessor 0 2007
 
STERILE CONTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY, LLC (1)
7,595,032 Protected seal for a filtered vent in a sterilization container 1 2004

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