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Publication numberUS2317815 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1943
Filing dateSep 20, 1941
Priority dateSep 20, 1941
Publication numberUS 2317815 A, US 2317815A, US-A-2317815, US2317815 A, US2317815A
InventorsSeymour Schumann
Original AssigneeSeymour Schumann
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clamping means for wound clips
US 2317815 A
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Patented Apr. 27, 1943 UNITED STATES FAEENT QFFICE 2,317,815 CLAMPING MEANS FOR WOUND CLIPS Seymour SchumanmNew York, N. Y. Application September 20, 1941, Serial No. 411,730 3 Claims. (oi. 1-56) This invention relates to wound clips and more more particularly to the manner of their assembly for sale and subsequent use. A wound clip is used for suturing a wound in man and animals resulting from an operation or an accident. Such a clip comprises a generally arch-shaped piece of rather easily bendable metal that terminates at each end in a prong adapted to enter the flesh. The arch bridges the suture and the prongs hold the adjacent edges of the wound in healing contact. Wound clips are used as substitutes for stitches. They are quicker applied than stitches and ar easier removed.

Wound clips usually terminate in a loop from which th prong extends. Such clips are now usually sold in groups or racks held together on a U-shaped wire that resembles a hair-pin. Each leg of the pin is threaded through a loop of adjacent clips. When a surgeon is ready to use some clips, he or his nurse unthreads from the U-shaped wire as many clips as are likely to be needed. The ends of the wire that are thus exposed are bent back to hold the remaining clips in place. When clips are needed again, the bent ends of the wire are straightened and more clips slipped off, but the ends of the wire never bend back into place straight. Indeed, a hump or bend usually comes in the wire which interferes with the removal of further clips.

Sometimes an operator will snip off the protruding extra wir but that is likely to leave a burr that may tear the operators rubber gloves.

It is an object of this invention therefor to devise better means for holding the clips together in a group whle yet permitting more ready dissociation of one clip from its neighbors.

The invention may be said to comprise clamping means for holding a group or rack of wound clips in edge to edge disposition on their aligning carrier while permitting ready removal of as many clips as may be needed. Another feature of th invention is the provision of means associated with the Wire carrier that is easily removable and replaceable with respect to the wire, without disturbing the aligned relationship of th clips. And a further factor is that the clamping or clip retaining means is capable of complete and easy sterilization along with the clips.

The invention is illustrated in a preferred embodiment in the accompanying drawing in which- Fig. 1 shows a plan View of a group of clips with which my clamping device is associated, but some of the clips are removed from the left side of the figure to show the curvature of the wire carrier for the clips;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged end view of the devices of Fig. 1 looking from right to left;

Fig. 3 is an enlarged plan view of my clamping means, while Fig. 4 is a similarly enlarged sectional View taken along the lines 4-4 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 shows a modification.

Each clip is provided with an arched or main portion or section II with each end terminating in looped sections l2 and I3. From each looped section there extends a sharp prong M. The clip carrier C comprises a U-shaped wire having two legs l5 and i5 and a base or uniting section ll. The clips are threaded on the wire carrier C by having one leg l5 passing through the loops I 2 of the clips and another leg I6 passing through loops l3 of the clips. Thus are the clips held in edge to edge alignment.

The clamping means or stop of my invention is shown at 2! It comprises a piece of spring metal having, a cylindrical looped section II at one end and at the other end laterally and outwardly curved wing-like sections 22 and 23. The body portion of the clamp consists of two fiat sections 24 and 25 whose faces abut or touch. These fiat sections preferably each have a strengthening rib 26, which is curved outward as shown, forming between them a substantially cylindrical pathway through which the leg It (or I5) of the wire carrier C may pass. Since the clamp is of spring metal, there is a friction or gripping action of the curved sections 26 on the wire to hold the clamp in place on the wire. 21 indicates an aperture at the looped end 2! of the clamp through which one leg of the wire carrier is adapted to pass when the clamp is threaded onto the'carrier.

In the modification shown in Fig. 5, the clamp 30 is formed much like the clamp 20 except that instead of being threaded on only one leg of the wire carrier, the clamp is broad enough to be threaded onto both legs of the wire carrier. Parts in this modification are given the same reference numerals as corresponding parts in Figs. 1 to 4.

The operation of my clamping device is as follows:

Assuming that the clips II are in edge to edge 16 of the carrier. The leg l6 passes through the aperture 21 of the clamp and also the longitudinal aperture or channel formed in the body portion 24 of the clamp by one or more of the ribs 26. When it is desired to use the clips, the operator sterilizes the entire package of clips, carrier and clamp. Using rubber gloves, the clamp is removed by gripping the wings 22 and 23 of the clamp and it is pulled ofi of the leg l6 of the wire carrier C. As many clips as are needed are then removed from the carrier 0, whereupon the clamp 20 is re-threaded onto one leg of the carrier, and the package can be stored until ready 3 for re-use.

The operation of the modification of Fig. 5 is the same as above described, except that the clamp is threaded onto both legs of the carrier instead of only one. scribed as being made preferably of metal, but it is visualized that some other material may be used so long as it is sterilizable, non-corrosive and has sufficient friction properties to hold itself in clamping position on the wire carrier.

I claim:

1. In combination with a plurality of wound clips each having an arched body section terminating at each end in a looped section from which a flesh-engaging prong extends, a U-shaped wire carrier for the clips having two legs with each The clamp has been'de passing through and extending beyond an end loop of each clip for holding the clips in edge to edge alignment; and clamping means for maintaining the clips in position on the wire carrier, comprising a clamp member bent back upon itself to provide a looped section at one end thereof, grippable wings at the other end thereof, and a flattened central section with an aperture extending longitudinally therethrough as well as through the looped section, said clamp adapted to have at least one leg of the carrier threaded through said aperture and held in frictional engagement with the central section of the clamp whereby the clamp is parallel to the leg, the entire assembly being readily sterilized and the clamp being removable by one hand without substantial danger of puncturing the operators rubber gloves.

2. The combination according to claim 1 in which the clamping means has a cross-sectional

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US2758302 *Oct 13, 1952Aug 14, 1956Technical Oil Tool CorpWound clip loader package
US2918705 *Jun 14, 1954Dec 29, 1959Pearce Irvin LLog assembly
US4050578 *Feb 4, 1976Sep 27, 1977Eckert Robert LMandrel and clip magazine for clip dispenser and applicator
US4505274 *Oct 12, 1982Mar 19, 1985Propper Manufacturing Co., Inc.Suture clip
U.S. Classification206/339, 24/707.2
International ClassificationA61B17/068
Cooperative ClassificationA61B17/0682
European ClassificationA61B17/068B