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1. (WO1997007729) LIQUID APPLICATOR

Pub. No.:    WO/1997/007729    International Application No.:    PCT/US1995/015640
Publication Date: Mar 6, 1997 International Filing Date: Dec 1, 1995
IPC: A45D 34/04
A47L 13/17
A61F 13/00
A61F 13/36
A61F 13/40
A61J 1/06
Applicants: MEDI-FLEX HOSPITAL PRODUCTS, INC.
Inventors: DEHAVILLAND, Leslie, M.
Title: LIQUID APPLICATOR
Abstract:
A liquid applicator (10) for applying a desired liquid to a surface includes a closed vial (14) formed of a fractural material containing the desired liquid, a body having a pocket (12) with an open side and a shape adapted to receive the vial (14), a porous element (16) sealed to the body, and closing off the open side of the pocket (12) so that liquid flows through the element (16) when the vial (14) is fractured. The body has a flange protruding from the pocket (12) along the open side thereof and a wing-like gripping member (24, 26) projects from the flange. The gripping member (24, 26) is spaced from the pocket (12) and supported for pivoting movement relative to the pocket (12) by the flange. The body also has structure (36, 38) for fracturing the vial (14), the structure (36, 38) being interposed between the pocket (12) and gripping member (24, 26). Upon pivoting of the gripping member (24, 26), the structure (36, 38) flexes the pocket (12) inwardly to exert a fracturing force against the vial (14) when the member (24, 26) is pivoted towards the pocket (12).