Surgical instrument comprising a lockable battery housing

  • US 10,245,033 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2015
  • Issued: 04/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/06/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument assembly, comprising:

  • a handle, comprising;

    a battery cavity; and

    electrical contacts;

    a battery removably positionable in said battery cavity, wherein said battery is configured to engage said electrical contacts when said battery is in an operably seated position in said battery cavity;

    diagnostic means for assessing whether said handle is suitable for operation; and

    a battery lockout configured to;

    permit said battery to be operably seated in said battery cavity when said diagnostic means determines that said handle is suitable for operation; and

    prevent said battery from being operably seated in said battery cavity if said diagnostic means determines that said handle is not suitable for operation.

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