GB2336214A - Preventionof multiple use of limited use devices - Google Patents

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GB2336214A
GB2336214A GB9800795A GB9800795A GB2336214A GB 2336214 A GB2336214 A GB 2336214A GB 9800795 A GB9800795 A GB 9800795A GB 9800795 A GB9800795 A GB 9800795A GB 2336214 A GB2336214 A GB 2336214A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61MDEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY; DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY; DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR
    • A61M5/00Devices for bringing media into the body in a subcutaneous, intra-vascular or intramuscular way; Accessories therefor, e.g. filling or cleaning devices, arm-rests
    • A61M5/50Devices for bringing media into the body in a subcutaneous, intra-vascular or intramuscular way; Accessories therefor, e.g. filling or cleaning devices, arm-rests having means for preventing re-use, or for indicating if defective, used, tampered with or unsterile
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B90/00Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups A61B1/00 - A61B50/00, e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
    • A61B90/08Accessories or related features not otherwise provided for
    • A61B2090/0803Counting the number of times an instrument is used
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B90/00Instruments, implements or accessories specially adapted for surgery or diagnosis and not covered by any of the groups A61B1/00 - A61B50/00, e.g. for luxation treatment or for protecting wound edges
    • A61B90/08Accessories or related features not otherwise provided for
    • A61B2090/0814Preventing re-use
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
    • H01MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
    • H01M2200/00Safety devices for primary or secondary batteries
    • H01M2200/10Temperature sensitive devices
    • H01M2200/103Fuse

Abstract

A single or limited use device such as used for medical or laboratory or other applications which is connected to equipment contains an element whose characteristic may be changed by the equipment when the device is used. The equipment is capable of recognising that a change has occurred to the element and thus whether the device has already been used. The equipment can be configured to prevent further operation with the device is replaced. For example, use of the device may trigger breaking of the fusible link, which prevents further use of the device, by providing an indication that the link is broken. The use may be a single use, or a predetermined number of uses, after which further use is prevented. Fig: 1. - Before the device is used, the equipment checks that the fusible link is intact, the equipment is configured so that it will only start to operate when an intact fusible link is present. When the equipment is used, an electrical current is generated by the equipment to destroy the fusible link, further use of the device is therefore prevented.

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Prevention of multiple use of limited use devices 2336214 This invention relates to single use and limited use devices such as used in medical and laboratory and other applications.

Single use devices are commonly used in preference to reusable devices to prevent the spread of contaimantion which might occur when inadequate cleaning methods are used. Some devices have by their nature a lin-dted life and a restriction on their use can improve the reliability of a procedure by ensuring that only good devices are used. A method of restricting the life of single and limited use devices would ensure that the risks associated with repeated use of devices would be reduced.

According to the present invention there is provided within the device a means for indicating to the equipment (to which the device is connected) whether the device is fit for use. When the device is used, the equipment sends to the device a signal which changes a property within the device such that further use is not possible.

A specific embodiment of the invention will now be described by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawings.

Fig: 1 shows an electrical circuit within the device. The circuit contains a fusible link. Before the device is used, the equipment checks that the fusible link is intact. When the device is used the equipment sends a current through the fusible link causing the link to be broken. If reuse of the device is attempted the equipment is configured in such a way as to indicate to the user that the device is not fit for use.

Fig: 2 shows an electrical circuit within the device with two fusible links. One of the fusible links is connected in the same way as the flasible link in Fig: 1 and when the device is used with the equipment this first fusible link will be broken after the first use. The equipment contains a means of detecting the integrity of this first fusible link and a counter to count the number of times the device has been used. If the first fusible link is broken, the counter is incremented by one. When the counter reaches a predetermined value equivalent to the number of times the device may be safely used, the medical equt sends a current through the second fusible link. The equipment contains a means of detecting the integrity of this second fusible link to indicate that the device is not fit for further use.

Fig: 3 shows the fusible link in series with the sensing device together with a means (such as a diode) of allowing current to be passed to break the fusible link and also thereby breaking the signal circuit from the sensing device preventing flirther use.

Fig: 4 shows a fusible link within the equipment, the fasbile link is normally in series with the fusible link within the sensing device, the cur required to break the fusible link within the equipment is higher than that required to break the fusible link within the device, preventing the equipment being used if the external circuit is short- circuited, for example if the user attempts to introduce an external link to allow reuse of the device.

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  1. A device connected to equipment with a means for detecting whether the device has been used and a means for changing the characteristics of the device when it is used.
  2. 2.
    A device as claimed in claim 1 wherein the equipment is medical equipment and the device is a medical device where the change in characteristics of an element within the device prevents flirther use of the device with the equipment.
  3. 3. A device connected to equipment as in claim 1 or claim 2 where the device incorporates an electrical fusible link where the electrical fusible link is broken when the device is used with the equipment such as to prevent its further use.
  4. A device connected to equipment as in claim 3 where the device incorporates two electrical fusible links to provide a means of allowing the equipment to be used with devices intended for single use only and for use with devices which may be used for a limited number of uses before the second fusible link is broken to prevent further use.
  5. 5. Equipment as in claim 1 or claim 2 or claim 3 or claim 4 which incorporates a fusible link within the equipment where the fusible link will break if the output circuit of the equipment is short-circuited.
  6. 6. A device as in claims 1,2,3,4 or 5 where the fusible link is in series with the sensing device such that flirther use of the sensing device is impossible when the fusible link is broken.
  7. 7. A device as in claims 1,3,4,5 or 6 where the device is a laboratory device used with a laboratory instr=entation equipment.
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