Patent Number: 6,168,577

Title: Directed stream blower for clearing a surgical site

Abstract: A directed stream blower is provided for removing materials from a surgical site, thus improving the visibility of the surgical site. Preferably, the directed stream blower provides a directed stream of pressurized gas combined and intermixed with a sterile fluid which may be used to clear or wash away blood, debris, particulate, or other materials from the target surgical site. The directed stream blower may be provided with flow control positioned directly on the handle for convenient one-handed operation during use.

Inventors: Niederjohn; James W. (Fremont, CA), Green, II; Harry L. (Santa Cruz, CA), Reis; Eugene E. (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Cardiothoracic Systems, Inc.

International Classification: A61M 13/00 (20060101); A61M 3/02 (20060101); A61M 3/00 (20060101); A61M 39/00 (20060101); A61M 39/28 (20060101); A61M 037/00 (); A61M 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018