Medical connector

  • US 5,688,254 A
  • Filed: 06/07/1995
  • Issued: 11/18/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/24/1983
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A safety connector system which permits the repeated connection and disconnection of an end of a first conduit to an end of a second conduit for permitting the flow of fluid between said first and second conduits in a medical environment, said end of said first conduit being sealed by a nonremovable septum, comprising:

  • a hollow tube connected to said end of said second conduit, said tube having a diameter which is small enough in comparison with the diameter of said septum that said septum is capable of repeatedly resealing said end of said first conduit through resilient closure after said tube has penetrated said septum and been removed therefrom, said tube having sufficient rigidity to penetrate said septum when said end of said first conduit is advanced toward said end of said second conduit;

    a first latching member on said end of said first conduit; and

    a second latching member on said end of said second conduit, said first and second latching members cooperating to hold said tube in a position penetrating said septum, thereby preventing unintentional disconnection of said ends of said first and second conduits and preventing the disruption of fluid traveling between said first and second conduits when said first conduit is engaged with said second conduit.

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