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GB2384993A - Probe and system for detecting leakage of impurities into body cavities following surgery or injury. - Google Patents

Probe and system for detecting leakage of impurities into body cavities following surgery or injury. Download PDF

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GB2384993A
GB2384993A GB0202768A GB0202768A GB2384993A GB 2384993 A GB2384993 A GB 2384993A GB 0202768 A GB0202768 A GB 0202768A GB 0202768 A GB0202768 A GB 0202768A GB 2384993 A GB2384993 A GB 2384993A
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David Alan Burt
Joseph Lennox Peters
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Joseph Lennox Peters
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B5/00Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
    • A61B5/42Detecting, measuring or recording for evaluating the gastrointestinal, the endocrine or the exocrine systems
    • A61B5/4222Evaluating particular parts, e.g. particular organs
    • A61B5/4255Intestines, colon or appendix
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B5/00Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
    • A61B5/04Detecting, measuring or recording bioelectric signals of the body or parts thereof
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61NELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
    • A61N1/00Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
    • A61N1/02Details
    • A61N1/04Electrodes
    • A61N1/05Electrodes for implantation or insertion into the body, e.g. heart electrode
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B1/00Instruments for performing medical examinations of the interior of cavities or tubes of the body by visual or photographical inspection, e.g. endoscopes; Illuminating arrangements therefor
    • A61B1/313Instruments for performing medical examinations of the interior of cavities or tubes of the body by visual or photographical inspection, e.g. endoscopes; Illuminating arrangements therefor for introducing through surgical openings, e.g. laparoscopes
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61NELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY
    • A61N1/00Electrotherapy; Circuits therefor
    • A61N1/02Details
    • A61N1/08Arrangements or circuits for monitoring, protecting, controlling or indicating

Abstract

A detection system for warning of leakage of impurities, such as gastric or intestinal fluid, into the abdominal and thoratic cavities following surgical intervention or an injury from an accident. The system comprises a flexible probe implanted into the damaged part of the body and easily removable, comprising a electrical wire contained within a silicone elastomer tube. Preferably the probe has a gold tip on an implanted end for detecting a body voltage between it and an external earth body contact. The probe and earth body contacts have sockets for connection to a detection unit that raises an alarm if the detected voltage varies by more that a predetermined amount from an initial stabilised value. The system will respond to high charge levels at the probe due to the presence of impurities.

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A MEDICAL SURGEON'S DETECTION AID This invention relates to the detection of impurities within the abdominal and thoracic cavities of the human body.

It is a well-known problem that leakage of gastric or intestinal fluid can occur inside a human body after an accident or surgical intervention, from the gastro-intestinal tract and into the abdominal and thoracic cavities. If such leaks persist or are not identified, serious sequelae, morbidity and death of the patient can occur.

This invention allows the surgeon to implant a probe into a damaged part of the body or generally but not necessarily after a surgical operation in order rapidly to detect impurities entering the main body cavities.

The probe is specifically designed such that the surgeon may easily remove the probe from the human body with very minor body disturbance.

The invention includes generally but not specifically a probe, earth body contact, and detector with alarms.

According to the present invention, the probe in contact with impurities sends an electrical signal to the detector, which will register high charge levels by an alarm duly earthed to the body.

The probe is designed generally but not specifically with a gold tip and a flexible electrical wire inserted inside a generally but not specifically lmm internal diameter flexible silicon elastomer tube.

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The tube material will be such that surgical sterilisation will not affect it in any way. The earth is designed generally but not specifically with a clip that can affix to any position on the body 2 with an electrical body pad. The clip is connected directly to the detector by an electrical wire insulated by a silicon elastomer tube.

The detector will have generally but not specifically a unified earth and have six inlet contacts. Each inlet contact will have generally but not specifically its own alarm, pre-set for a predetermined specific voltage level.

The detector will generally but not specifically be powered by rechargeable batteries.

The detector will have generally but not specifically a unified connection for all six inlets to be connected to a computer for further analyses and storage.

The detector will generally but not specifically have a reverse charge electrical system included within its programme, such that the probe head may be cleaned by a reverse charge of electricity generally but not specifically for a minute time period when it detects coagulated blood or impurities surrounding the probe head by a sudden surge or drop in electrical charge.

The detector may generally but not specifically be clipped to the side of a bed or placed on the floor out of reach of the patient.

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The detector will be specifically designed to be tamper-proof by the patient or other unqualified persons.

The detector will specifically be designed for the alarm, SOS to be portrayed by light or sound, or both light and sound simultaneously. A <RTI>"lock-down"system</RTI> will also be incorporated in the design of the detector.

The detector will be completely covered with a transparent cover which will be unaffected by sterilisation, and will be made sterile for each and every time that the equipment is utilised.

The fixtures from wire to detector will have sealed sockets.

To operate the equipment: Place the probe or probes as close as possible beside the operation site of the gastro-intestinal tract of the body within the abdominal or thoracic body cavities.

Close up the incision into the body cavity with the silicon elastomer probe with electrical lead, projecting out from the body in such a direct path that the probe can be easily removed.

The system's electrical earth contact should be appended to the patient's body with a sterile electrical earth contact pad affixed to the body skin.

The electrical earth lead will be affixed to the detector box by a

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"fail-safe" metallic plug into a lockable earth socket.

The probe or probes, normally but not specifically up to six number per detection equipment, to be connected to the detector by a fail-safe metallic plug into a lockable socket.

The detector system is switched on by a tamper-proof switch which can only be operated by authorised persons.

When the detector is switched on, the system will take generally but not specifically, a few minutes to register the patient's body stabilised voltage.

Any variation that occurs from the patient's body stabilised voltage, due to the presence of impurities in the body cavity adjacent to the gastro-intestinal tract, will be detected and recorded in the detector and if it varies by a predetermined amount, the detector alarm system will be activated.

The probe can be removed from the body by gently pulling the silicon elastomer tube directly from the body. The earth can also be easily removed by unclipping the tube wire and removing its body pad.

Claims (9)

  1. CLAIMS 1. A medical probe comprising a silicon elastomer flexible tube of various lengths with a wire to carry an electrical current inserted in the centre, for the detection of impurities leaking or escaping from the gastro-intestinal tract into the abdominal or thoracic cavities of the human body.
  2. 2. A medical probe, as claimed in Claim 1, where the wire is connected to a gold tip at one end and a sealed socket at the other.
  3. 3. A medical probe as claimed in Claim 1 where the wire is connected to an electrical body pad clip at one end and a sealed socket at the other.
  4. 4. A detector which has six inlet electrical ports each inlet for receipt of the sealed socket as claimed in Claim 2.
  5. 5. A detector as claimed in Claim 4 which has one outlet electrical port for receipt of the sealed socket as claimed in Claim 3.
  6. 6. A detector as claimed in Claims 4 and 5 which has a display, tamper-proof keys, alarm system both light and sound, rechargeable batteries with rechargeable connection, and a port for connection to a remote computer and a reverse current capability.
  7. 7. Equipment as claimed in Claims 1-3 that will be fabricated in material unaffected by surgical sterilisation.
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  8. 8. Equipment as claimed in Claims 4-6 to be covered in transparent material unaffected by surgical sterilisation.
  9. 9. Equipment as claimed in Claims 1-8 that can detect impurities in the abdominal and thoracic cavities of the human body.
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