Surgical waste collection assembly with a manifold receiver and a manifold with complementary features that faciliate the alignment of the manifold with the manifold receiver

  • US 9,579,428 B1
  • Filed: 10/26/2016
  • Issued: 02/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/14/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A medical/surgical waste collection assembly, said assembly including:

  • a manifold, said manifold including;

    a housing with proximal and distal ends, a longitudinal axis that extends between the proximal and distal ends and an outlet opening at the proximal end, the outlet opening being off center from the longitudinal axis of the manifold housing; and

    a fitting that extends from the distal end of said manifold housing, said fitting shaped to receive a suction line and being in fluid communication with the outlet opening of said manifold housing; and

    a waste collection unit including;

    a first canister for holding medical/surgical waste;

    a suction pump in fluid communication with said first canister, said suction pump configured to draw a suction on said first canister; and

    a first receiver adjacent said first canister, said first receiver shaped to have;

    a bore dimensioned to receive said manifold housing, the bore having an open distal end into which said manifold housing is inserted and having a proximal end in fluid communication with said first canister; and

    an axis that extends through the bore,wherein;

    said manifold housing and said first receiver are collectively configured so that said manifold housing is able to rotate in the bore of said first receiver;

    said manifold and said first receiver are formed with complementary alignment features that engage when the manifold is inserted into the bore of said first receiver so as to cause the outlet opening of said manifold housing to be, upon insertion into the bore, in a specific rotational alignment in the bore; and

    said first receiver is attached to said first canister so that the axis through the receiver bore is angled from the horizontal and said alignment features of said manifold and said first receiver are arranged so that, when said manifold is initially inserted into the bore of said first receiver, the outlet opening of said manifold housing is in a first rotational position about the axis through the receiver bore and, when said manifold housing is rotated in the bore, the outlet opening is in a second rotational position about the axis through the receiver bore so that the outlet opening is located below the position of the outlet opening when the outlet opening is in the first rotational position.

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