Safety introducer apparatus and method therefor

  • US 20040092879A1
  • Filed: 10/24/2003
  • Published: 05/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/06/2000
  • Status: Abandoned Application
First Claim
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1. An introducing apparatus comprising:

  • a tubular sheath extending from a sheath proximal end to a sheath distal end, the sheath sized to receive a dilator therethrough;

    the dilator extending from a dilator proximal end to a dilator distal end;

    a needle disposed within the dilator, the needle extending from a needle proximal end to a needle distal end and including an intermediate portion therebetween, at least a portion of the needle is at least as flexible as the dilator;

    the needle distal end extending out of the dilator distal end in a first position, the needle distal end retracted within the dilator distal end in a second position; and

    means for retracting the needle distal end within the dilator.

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