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Needle park and method of use

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 19 Nov '02

Marvin Alpern

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A needle park and method of use of same, wherein a two-point contact, cantilevered member and opposite post member are provided to hold a needle between them, the post member being slit partially, such as perpendicular to or parallel to, the base on which the park sits. Such a slit allows the post member to partially collapse when a needle is inserted, allowing a greater variety of needle diameters to be used. Any curved needle is inserted in the separation between the members so that the needle curves around the post member and away from the two-point contact member.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of a needle park constructed in accordance with the prior art;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 1, of the needle park with a needle in place;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of the needle park constructed in accord with the invention;

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary section view taken along the plane IV—IV of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary perspective view of the needle park similar to that of FIG. 3, but showing a needle in place;

FIG. 6A is a section view similar to that of FIG. 4, but of an alternative embodiment and without the needle;

FIG. 6B is a view identical to that of FIG. 6A but with the needle forced into position in the park;

FIG. 7 is a vertical section view of a needle park of the prior art, showing a cutting edge needle in place and unfortunately pivoted outwardly;

FIG. 8 is the same view as in FIG. 7, but of the needle park of the invention; and

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view, taken along section line IX—IX and looking in the direction of the arrows, of the needle park shown in FIG.

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Claims

1. A needle park for securing a needle, said needle park comprising:

2. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said post member includes a slit between said legs, said slit extending generally perpendicularly to said base.

3. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said post member includes a slit between said legs, said slit extending generally parallel to said base.

4. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said contact member cooperates with said post member so as to orient a curved needle inserted into said space such that its curvature is complementary to that of said curved surface of said contact member.

5. A needle park as defined in claim 4, wherein said contact member cooperates with said post member such that a cutting edge needle having a generally triangular cross-section is pivoted downward towards said base to avoid being a needle-prick hazard.

6. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said post member is hollow.

7. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said legs of said post member are positioned such that one of said legs is alongside the other of said legs.

8. A needle park as defined in claim 7, wherein said one leg extends toward one of said corners of said contact member and said other leg extends toward the other of said corners of said contact member.

9. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said legs of said post member are positioned such that one of said legs is above the other of said legs.

10. A needle park as defined in claim 1, wherein said post member is solid.