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1. (WO2013142897) UNIVERSAL SCALPEL BLADE REMOVER

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/142897    International Application No.:    PCT/AU2013/000294
Publication Date: Fri Oct 04 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Tue Mar 26 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: A61B 17/3217
Applicants: QLICKSMART PTY LTD
HENRY, Robert Anthony Neville
Inventors: HENRY, Robert Anthony Neville
Title: UNIVERSAL SCALPEL BLADE REMOVER
Abstract:
A scalpel blade remover (10) is used to remove a blade (1) from a tang (2) of a scalpel. The blade remover comprises a housing (12), and a planar member (21) mounted in the housing (12) with a longitudinal slot (24) therein. A slider (30) is adapted to slide along the planar member (21), and has an opening (34) for receiving a portion of the tang (2) therein. The slider (30) is movable along the planar member when pressed by the tang (2) being inserted into the opening (34) and moved along the slot (24), with the blade (1) being located under the slider (30). Movement of the slider (30) along the planar member (21) causes the planar member to separate the rear end of the blade (1) from the tang (2). A stop formation (27,28) on the planar member (21) engages the rear end of the blade (1) after it has been separated from the tang and prevents the blade (1) being withdrawn along the member. Upon withdrawal of the tang (2), the blade (1) is stripped from the tang (2). In one embodiment, the planar member (21) is pivotally mounted, and the blade remover (10) includes a tilting mechanism actuated by movement of the slider (30) along the planar member (21). In another embodiment, the planar member is fixedly mounted relative to the housing (12), at an oblique angle to the direction of movement of the tang (2).