Centrifuge tube assembly

  • US 6,835,353 B2
  • Filed: 06/06/2002
  • Issued: 12/28/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An assembly for holding a blood product and for being centrifugally driven to separate the blood product into discrete components, which are retrievable from said assembly through aspiration, said assembly comprising:

  • a receptacle including not more than a single chamber for accommodating a consolidated volume of blood product, said receptacle being adapted to be centrifugally driven for separating the blood product into discrete components, which are formed in respective layers within the consolidated volume of blood product in said chamber;

    a pair of aspiration ports having respective aspiration pipes attached communicably thereto;

    a closure for attaching to and covering an upper end of said receptacle, said closure for supporting said ports and engaged pipes in communication with said single chamber of said receptacle such that said ports are exposed exteriorly of said receptacle and each said engaged pipe extends downwardly through said chamber to a depth at which a corresponding blood component may be aspirated from said chamber through said pipe; and

    said pair of aspiration pipes for extending to different respective depths within the consolidated volume of blood product in said chamber, whereby a respective blood component may be aspirated through each said pipe.

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