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1. (WO2019050669) SMART OBTURATOR WITH SENSOR AND SMART OBTURATOR ASSEMBLY
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CLAIMS

We claim:

1. A smart obturator assembly, comprising:

an obturator positionable within a lumen of a device, the obturator comprising:

a distal end having a tip portion at least partially positionable within the lumen;

a proximal end opposite the distal end; and

a sensor assembly at the tip portion, the sensor assembly configured to sense one or more environmental characteristics within a patient's blood vessel and to generate one or more signals representative of the one or more environmental characteristics; and

electronic circuitry operatively coupled in signal communication with the sensor assembly, the electronic circuitry configured to receive the one or more signals and to at least one of transmit the one or more signals to remote reception circuitry or display a datum representative of the one or more environmental characteristics on a display of the smart obturator assembly.

2. The smart obturator assembly of claim 1, further comprising a hub operatively coupled to the obturator, wherein the electronic circuitry is located in the hub.

3. The smart obturator assembly of claim 1 or 2, further comprising communication circuitry coupled in signal communication with the electronic circuitry for wireless communication with the remote reception circuitry.

4. The smart obturator assembly of claim 3, wherein the communication circuitry comprises one or more of the following: a radio frequency identification circuit, a near field communication circuit, a Bluetooth® wireless technology circuit, a universal serial bus connector, and a combination thereof.

5. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, further comprising a connection port for connecting the electronic circuitry with the remote reception circuitry.

6. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, or 5, further comprising a power source electrically coupled to the electronic circuitry to provide power to at least one of the electronic circuitry or the sensor assembly.

7. The smart obturator assembly of claim 6, wherein the power source is one of integral to a hub coupled to the obturator or externally coupled to the hub.

8. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, 5, or 6, wherein the sensor assembly comprises:

a plurality of sensors;

an electronic circuit, each sensor of the plurality of sensors electrically coupled to the electronic circuit; and

a first electrical contact interface including a plurality of first electrical contacts.

9. The smart obturator assembly of claim 8, further comprising:

a second electrical contact interface in the obturator, the second electrical contact interface electrically coupled to the sensor assembly, wherein the second electrical contact interface includes a plurality of second electrical contacts and each second electrical contact of the plurality of second electrical contacts is electrically coupled to a respective first electrical contact of the plurality of first electrical contacts; and

an electrical lead wire extending through the obturator electrically coupled to the second electrical contact interface.

10. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, 5, 6, or 8, wherein the sensor assembly comprises:

an electronic circuit;

a sensor at the distal end of the sensor assembly, the sensor electrically coupled to the electronic circuit; and

a first electrical contact electrically coupled to the electronic circuit, the smart obturator assembly further comprising:

a second electrical contact in the obturator, the second electrical contact electrically coupled to the first electrical contact; and

an electrical lead wire extending through the obturator electrically coupling the first electrical contact with the electronic circuitry.

11. The smart obturator assembly of claim 10, wherein the electrical lead wire is one of molded onto at least a portion of the obturator or molded into at least a portion of the obturator.

12. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, 5, 6, 8, or 10, wherein the device comprises a catheter forming the lumen and having a distal end, the obturator forms a recessed area at the distal end of the obturator, and the sensor assembly is positioned in the recessed area such that the sensor assembly is flush with the distal end of the catheter, proud of the distal end of the catheter or recessed in the lumen.

13. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, 5, 6, 8, 10, or 12, wherein the sensor assembly comprises a sensor coupled to one or more of the following: an end surface of the sensor assembly or a perimeter surface of the sensor assembly.

14. The smart obturator assembly of any of claims 1-3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, or 13, wherein the sensor assembly comprises one or more sensors configured to measure at least one of the following environmental characteristics: a temperature within a body lumen, a blood glucose level, a sodium level, a potassium level, a drug concentration level, a white blood cell count, a blood pressure within the body lumen, or a combination thereof.

15. The smart obturator assembly of claim any of claims 1-3, 5, 6, 8, 10, or 12-14, wherein the sensor assembly comprises one or more of the following sensors: a temperature sensor, a sensor that senses a chemical within a patient's blood, a sensor that senses a marker in the patient's blood, a sensor that senses a protein in the patient's blood, or a combination thereof.

16. An obturator, compri sing :

a distal end having a tip portion;

a proximal end opposing the distal end; and

a sensor assembly at the tip portion, the sensor assembly configured to sense one or more environmental characteristics, generate one or more signals representative of the one or more environmental characteristics, and transmit the one or more signals to electronic circuitry coupled in signal communication with the sensor assembly, the electronic circuitry configured to receive the one or more signals and transmit the one or more signals to remote reception circuitry.

17. The obturator of claim 16, further comprising a hub at the proximal end, the hub including a power source electrically coupled to the electronic circuitry to provide power to the electronic circuitry.

18. The obturator of claim 16 or 17, wherein the sensor assembly comprises:

an electronic circuit;

a sensor at one or more of the following: an end surface of the sensor assembly and a perimeter surface of the sensor assembly, the sensor electrically coupled to the electronic circuit;

a first electrical contact electrically coupled to the electronic circuit;

a second electrical contact positioned within the obturator, the second electrical contact electrically coupled to the first electrical contact; and

an electrical lead wire extending through or along the obturator electrically coupling the second electrical contact with the electronic circuitry.

19. The obturator of any of claims 16-18, wherein the obturator forms a recessed area at the distal end, and the sensor assembly is positioned in the recessed area.

20. An obturator assembly, comprising:

an obturator having a distal end having a tip portion at least partially positionable within a lumen of a device and an opposing proximal end;

a sensor assembly at the tip portion, the sensor assembly configured to sense one or more environmental characteristics and to generate one or more signals representative of the one or more environmental characteristics; and

a hub operatively coupled to the obturator, the hub including electronic circuitry coupled in signal communication with the sensor assembly, the electronic circuitry configured to receive the one or more signals and transmit the one or more signals to remote reception circuitry and/or display a datum representative of the one or more environmental characteristics on a display of the hub.