Nonwoven thermoplastic fabric
Sterilizing and storing medical items
Sterilized storage container
Plant culture vessel
ApplicationNo. 06/605039 filed on 04/30/1984
US Classes:422/300, Including rack, support or handling means206/363, Body treatment (i.e., surgical, but not cosmetic)206/439, With gas permeable cover206/484.1, With gas permeable cover220/324, Clamps, clips, hooks, or latches220/371, With filter220/374, Tortuous passage220/849, With gasket or packing422/311, Bed support means (e.g., support grid or plate for supporting particulate bed of contact material, etc.)55/501, With additional support means not positively engaged or joined to media (e.g., across face of filter)55/511, Edge supported or secured only55/529, MISCELLANEOUS (E.G., SHAPES)D24/217Sterilizer or cleaner
ExaminersPrimary: Lacey, David L.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassA61L 2/26 (20060101)
AbstractA container for sterilizing, and storing and presenting surgical instruments and materials in a sterilized condition has a container base member with a cover and bottom and side apertures for passage of a sterilizing agent; a sealing gasket between the container cover and the base member provides a seal and a tortuous path constituting a probability filter is provided exteriorly of the seal; a removable tray for instruments to be sterilized is carried within the container; a removable filter element commensurate in shape to the container base member is located intermediate the removable tray and the bottom of the container base member; the filter element may be of a soft formed element or may have a frame and is located with a portion extending outwardly between the base member and cover past the sealing gasket; the filter element provides a filter path permitting passage of sterilizing agent received through the bottom and side apertures into the container while the filter element inside the container and the tortuous path constituting a probability filter outside the container present a barrier to the passage of microorganisms to instruments in the tray after being sterilized.