Devices and methods for protecting a user from a sharp tip of a medical needle

  • US 8,500,703 B2
  • Filed: 08/06/2008
  • Issued: 08/06/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/02/2008
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A device for protecting a user from a sharp tip of a medical needle, the device comprising:

  • a central body portion in fluid connection with a delivery tube;

    the medical needle having a first end and a second end in opposition to one another, the first end in fluid connection with the central body portion and the delivery tube, and the second end of the needle extending away from the central body portion to the sharp tip, and a line from the first end to the second end of the medical needle defining a longitudinal axis;

    a pair of wings having an inner region and an outer region, the inner region of each one of the pair of wings in attachment to the central body portion, the outer region of each one of the pair of wings extending away from the central body portion, the pair of wings disposed in opposition to one another with the medical needle positioned therebetween, and the pair of wings being selectively positionable from a first position to a second position, the first position for placing the medical needle into a patient and delivering a medicinal fluid, and the second position for removing the medical needle from the patient;

    a mechanical fastener disposed on at least one of the pair of wings, the mechanical fastener configured to selectively attach the pair of wings together with the medical needle positioned therebetween so as to protect the user from the sharp tip of the medical needle;

    the mechanical fastener including a lip extending along at least a portion of the perimeter of at least one of the wings, and a mating portion along a perimeter of at least the other one of the wings; and

    the mating portion and the lip configured to engage with one another to selectively attach the pair of wings together with the medical needle positioned therebetween so as to protect the user from the sharp tip of the medical needle.

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