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Last Updated: January 26, 2022

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Claims for Patent: 4,134,940

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Summary for Patent: 4,134,940
Title: Humidifier adapter with audio relief valve
Abstract:An adapter for a humidifier is provided that mounts on a sealed container of purified or sterile water and connects usually to a flowmeter which is attached to a pressurized gas container. The adapter includes a spike member to pierce the container wall, a pressure chamber defined between the inner wall of the adapter and the spike member, and port means in the adapter wall establishing communication between the pressure chamber and the outside atmosphere. An audible relief valve means is located in the port to effect audible pressure relief under above normal pressure conditions in the pressure chamber during the humidifying process while pressurized gas is being introduced into the water to moisten the gas.
Inventor(s): Sherman; Robert M. (Glenview, IL)
Assignee: Aerwey Laboratories, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Application Number:05/845,407
Patent Claims:1. A humidifier adapter for mounting on an engageable portion of a container over a pierceable seal thereon sealing therein a supply of sterile water, and to be connected to a pressurized gas tube for introducing gas into the supply of water to moisten the gas, said adapter comprising:

a housing having means at one end thereof for engaging the container;

an axial bore through said housing;

a spike member for assembly within said housing, said spike member having a tubular body defining a gas passage therein and having one pointed end and being insertable in said bore, the outer surface diameter of said tubular body being substantially less, at least along an axial portion thereof, than the adjacent bore diameter of said housing so as to define a pressure chamber therebetween when said spike member is in inserted relation within said housing;

first and second seal means between said tubular body and the wall of said bore axially spaced apart from each other to form the ends of said pressure chamber;

first port means in the tubular body of said spike member establishing communication between the internal gas passage of said tubular body and the pressure chamber;

second port means in the housing wall establishing communication between the pressure chamber and the outside atmosphere, said second port means being located with respect to said first port means such that their centers are spaced apart along the axis of said housing, both said port means being located intermediate said first and second seal means that form the ends of the chamber; and

audible relief valve means located in said second port means to effect audible pressure relief of the pressure chamber under above normal pressure conditions.

2. An adapter in accordance with claim 1 wherein said first seal means is an "O" ring contained in a groove in said spike member and said second seal means is an "O" ring contained in a groove in said housing wall.

3. An adapter in accordance with claim 1 wherein said first and second seal means are "O" rings made of a silicone rubber capable of withstanding temperatures normally experienced in a steam autoclave.

4. An adapter in accordance with claim 1 wherein said housing and said spike member are made of brass having chrome plate surfaces.

5. An adapter in accordance with claim 1 wherein audible relief valve means includes an audible duck bill type flexible valve made of a silicone rubber capable of withstanding temperatures normally experienced in a steam autoclave.

6. An adapter in accordance with claim 5 wherein said duck bill valve has an audio range effective with gas flows therethrough of from 2 to 15 liters per minute.

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