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1. (WO2017189204) ULTRASONIC CLEANING OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/189204    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/026414
Publication Date: Fri Nov 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Apr 07 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61B 17/32
A61L 2/025
A61B 90/70
A61B 50/15
Applicants: ETHICON LLC
Inventors: STULEN, Foster, B.
WIENER, Eitan, T.
Title: ULTRASONIC CLEANING OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENT
Abstract:
A cleaning system includes a first container. The first container includes an interior surface and an opening. The interior surface and the opening define a volume. The opening extends along a plane. The interior surface defines at least a portion of a curved surface. The curved surface defines a first focus point. The first focus point is positioned below the plane such that the first focus point is coincident with a portion of the curved surface. The cleaning system further includes a support member and a surgical instrument. The surgical instrument is configured to deliver ultrasonic energy upon activation of the instrument. The surgical instrument comprises an end effector having a distal tip. The support member is configured to support the surgical instrument such that the distal tip is positioned substantially at the first focus point.