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Claims for Patent: 7,182,536

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Claims for Patent: 7,182,536

Title:Antiseptic applicator with mechanism for fracturing multiple ampoules
Abstract:Hand-held applicators for applying antiseptic are provided. More specifically, the present invention relates to a hand-held applicator having at least one flexible elongated hollow body within which at least two antiseptic-filled ampoules are received, and a mechanism for fracturing the ampoules to release the antiseptic for dispensing.
Inventor(s): Tufts; Scott A. (El Paso, TX), Guzman; Manual (El Paso, TX), Flores; Jesus (El Paso, TX)
Assignee: Medi-Flex, Inc. (Overland Park, KS)
Application Number:11/285,511
Patent Claims: 1. An applicator for applying a desired antiseptic to a surface, the applicator comprising: at least two elongated ampoules formed of a frangible material and containing antiseptic to be applied; an elongated hollow body, said body defining at least one internal chamber adapted to receive said ampoules; at least one lever projecting from said body, said lever flexing said body inwardly to fracture said ampoules substantially simultaneously when the lever is squeezed toward the body; and a porous element secured to said body and closing off an open end thereof, such that antiseptic flows through said element when said ampoules are fractured.

2. The applicator of claim 1, wherein the lever is comprised of a hinge portion, crush portion and handling portion.

3. The applicator of claim 2, wherein the body has a central longitudinal axis.

4. The applicator of claim 3, wherein the lever extends at an angle of between 20 degrees and 40 degrees with respect to the central longitudinal axis of the body.

5. The applicator of claim 2, wherein the crush portion of the lever flexes the body inwardly to fracture said ampoules.

6. The applicator of claim 2, further comprising a thin wall portion of the body where the body flexed inwardly to fracture said ampoules.

7. The applicator of claim 2, wherein the lever is curved.

8. The applicator of claim 7, wherein the lever further comprises a support rib.

9. The applicator of claim 8, wherein the hinge portion of the lever is thinner than the rest of the lever.

10. The applicator of claim 9, wherein the handling portion of the lever presents a gripping area that is larger than the area of the crush portion of the lever.

11. The applicator of claim 10, wherein the handling portion has a textured outer surface to facilitate handling.

12. The applicator of claim 1, wherein the body has axially opposed open and closed ends.

13. The applicator of claim 12, wherein the closed end is closed with a cap.

14. The applicator of claim 13, further comprising: a vent for allowing air to flow from the internal chamber of the body to the outside of the body.

15. The applicator of claim 14, wherein the vent comprises an internal cut out portion of the body and an external cut out portion of the body.

16. The applicator of claim 1, further comprising a porous plug positioned between the porous element and the two or more ampoules to control the rate of flow of the antiseptic.

17. The applicator of claim 16, further comprising a restraint element positioned between the ampoules and the porous plug.

18. An applicator for applying antiseptic to a surface, the applicator comprising: at least two elongated ampoules formed of a frangible material and containing the antiseptic to be applied; at least one elongated hollow body, said at least one body defining at least one internal chamber adapted to receive said ampoules; at least one mechanism attached to said body, the at least one mechanism having the capability of flexing said at least one body inwardly to fracture said ampoules at substantially the same time; and at least one porous element secured to said at least one body and closing off an open end thereof, such that antiseptic flows through said at least one element when said ampoules are fractured.

19. The applicator of claim 18, further comprising a porous plug positioned between the at least one porous element and the two or more ampoules to control the rate of flow of the antiseptic.

20. The applicator of claim 18, further comprising a restraint element.
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