Patent Number: 8,821,490

Title: Removable ink for surgical instrument

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus and method for preventing reuse of a surgical instrument. The single-use surgical instrument includes a housing, an electrical connector and a treatment component. Indicia may be printed on the housing, the electrical connector and/or the treatment component. A removable ink is applied to any portion of the surgical instrument in the form of indicia that is readable by a scanning device. The removable ink includes a protein-based composition that is reactivateable with a sterilization solution having an enzyme-based composition such that upon sterilization, the removable ink reacts with the sterilizing solution and becomes unreadable by the scanning device.

Inventors: Allen; Charles D. (Broomfield, CO)

Assignee: Covidien LP

International Classification: A61B 18/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018