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1. (WO2018182701) VARIABLE STIFFNESS NEEDLE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/182701    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/025449
Publication Date: Fri Oct 05 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Apr 01 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A61B 10/04
Applicants: SPIRATION, INC. D/B/A OLYMPUS RESPIRATORY AMERICA
Inventors: LAMBE, Peter, A.
DALE, Nathan
Title: VARIABLE STIFFNESS NEEDLE
Abstract:
A needle comprising: (a) a walled lumen having: (i) a proximate end; (ii) a distal end; and (iii) a plurality of zones located between the proximal end and the distal end, the plurality of zones comprising: (1) a first zone with a first stiffness value; (2) a second zone connected to the first zone, the second zone having a second stiffness value; (3) a third zone connected to the second zone, the third zone having a third stiffness value; and (4) a fourth zone connected to the third zone, the fourth zone having a fourth stiffness value; wherein some of the plurality of zones include one or more cut patterns in the walled lumen.