US 9,809,355 B2
Assembly of medical connector caps
Donald D. Solomon, North Salt Lake, UT (US); F. Mark Ferguson, Salt Lake City, UT (US); Robert Hitchcock, Sandy, UT (US); Steven Bandis, West Jordan, UT (US); James V. Mercer, West Jordan, UT (US); and Michael W. Howlett, Salt Lake City, UT (US)
Assigned to Merit Medical Systems, Inc., South Jordan, UT (US)
Filed by Merit Medical Systems, Inc., South Jordan, UT (US)
Filed on Jan. 23, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/162,207.
Application 13/972,101 is a division of application No. 12/957,263, filed on Nov. 30, 2010, granted, now 8,523,831.
Application 14/162,207 is a continuation of application No. 13/736,166, filed on Jan. 8, 2013, granted, now 8,641,681.
Application 13/736,166 is a continuation of application No. 13/664,641, filed on Oct. 31, 2012, granted, now 8,647,308.
Application 13/664,641 is a continuation of application No. 13/281,404, filed on Oct. 25, 2011, granted, now 8,328,767.
Application 13/281,404 is a continuation of application No. 12/917,336, filed on Nov. 1, 2010, granted, now 8,523,830.
Application 13/281,404 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/610,141, filed on Oct. 30, 2009, granted, now 8,172,825.
Application 12/610,141 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/610,033, filed on Oct. 30, 2009, granted, now 8,647,326.
Application 12/610,033 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/171,997, filed on Jul. 11, 2008, granted, now 8,197,749.
Application 12/171,997 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/164,310, filed on Jun. 30, 2008, granted, now 8,177,761.
Application 12/610,141 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/014,388, filed on Jan. 15, 2008, abandoned.
Application 12/610,033 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/014,388, filed on Jan. 15, 2008, abandoned.
Application 12/171,997 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/014,388, filed on Jan. 15, 2008, abandoned.
Application 12/164,310 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/014,388, filed on Jan. 15, 2008, abandoned.
Application 12/164,310 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/162,207.
Application 14/162,207 is a continuation of application No. 13/678,057, filed on Nov. 15, 2012, granted, now 9,242,084.
Application 13/678,057 is a continuation of application No. 12/956,704, filed on Nov. 30, 2010, granted, now 8,343,112.
Application 12/956,704 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/610,141, filed on Oct. 30, 2009, granted, now 8,172,825.
Application 12/610,141 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/917,336, filed on Nov. 1, 2010, granted, now 8,523,830.
Application 12/610,141 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/162,207.
Application 14/162,207 is a continuation of application No. 13/794,338, filed on Mar. 11, 2013, granted, now 9,101,750.
Application 13/794,338 is a continuation of application No. 13/564,122, filed on Aug. 1, 2012, granted, now 8,419,713.
Application 13/794,338 is a continuation of application No. 14/162,207.
Application 14/162,207 is a continuation of application No. 13/972,101, filed on Aug. 21, 2013, granted, now 8,961,475.
Application 12/957,263 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/610,141, filed on Oct. 30, 2009, granted, now 8,172,825.
Application 12/610,141 is a continuation in part of application No. 12/917,336, filed on Nov. 1, 2010, granted, now 8,523,830.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/265,216, filed on Nov. 30, 2009.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/265,207, filed on Nov. 30, 2009.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/880,541, filed on Jan. 16, 2007.
Prior Publication US 2014/0135739 A1, May 15, 2014
Int. Cl. B65D 41/02 (2006.01); A61M 25/00 (2006.01); A61M 39/16 (2006.01); A61M 39/20 (2006.01); A61L 2/18 (2006.01); A61L 2/16 (2006.01); A61B 90/70 (2016.01)
CPC B65D 41/02 (2013.01) [A61B 90/70 (2016.02); A61L 2/16 (2013.01); A61L 2/18 (2013.01); A61M 25/0097 (2013.01); A61M 39/162 (2013.01); A61M 39/20 (2013.01); A61L 2202/24 (2013.01); Y10S 604/905 (2013.01)] 7 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An assembly of medical connector caps comprising:
a male-disinfecting cap including (a) a single receiving portion having (i) an opening in which a male luer connector can be received and (ii) an interior portion having an antiseptic agent and (b) an exterior circumferential surface, wherein the receiving portion of the male-disinfecting cap includes external protrusions for engaging the male luer connector;
a female-disinfecting cap including (a) a single receiving portion having (i) an opening in which a needleless injection site can be received and (ii) an interior portion having an antiseptic agent and (b) an exterior circumferential surface, wherein the receiving portion of the female-disinfecting cap has, proximate to its opening, an interior circumferential surface, which includes internal protrusions for engaging the needleless injection site; and
a seal disposed around and in contact with both the exterior circumferential surface of the male-disinfecting cap and the exterior circumferential surface of the female-disinfecting cap so as to seal the receiving portions of the male-disinfecting cap and the female-disinfecting cap, wherein the seal holds the male-disinfecting cap and the female-disinfecting cap with respect to each other so that the opening of the male-disinfecting cap faces the opening of the female-disinfecting cap, and so that the external protrusions of the male-disinfecting cap do not engage the internal protrusions of the female-disinfecting cap.