Laparoscopic Cleaning System
The Laparoscopic Cleaning System includes a housing that easily connects to existing laparoscopes. The housing forms a lumen which carries a tube for dispensing heated cleaning solution. An extension system enables the tubing to be extended beyond the end of the laparoscope so that the cleaning solution can be dispensed on the lens without requiring removal of the laparoscope from the patient. A pumping system is connected to the proximal end of the tubing and provides a heated cleaning solution reservoir for selectively dispensing the cleaning solution onto the lens when required by the surgeon.
The Laparoscopic Cleaning System is applicable to any laparoscopic devices, including endoscopes. For example, laparoscopic devices that can be used with the apparatus and methods of the present principles include, but are not limited to, those produced by Applied Medical Technologies, Cook Endoscopy, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, H.M.B. Endoscopy Products, Horizons International Corp., InScope, Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc., Karl Storz Endoscopy, Olympus Medical Endoscope & Surgical Products, Pentax Medical, Smith & Nephew Endocopy, Spirus Medical, Stryker Endoscopy, US Endoscopy, and US Surgical (United States Patent & Trademark Office – USPTO).
How the Laparoscopic Cleaning System Works
By the surgeon depressing the plunger, an aperture allows cleaning solution to pass from the reservoir to the pumping chamber. The nozzle concentrates the stream as it passes through the tubing. The bellows, which is attached to the tubing, controls the lengthening or extension of the tubing along the length of the laparoscope.
The primary target market for purchasing the Laparoscopic Cleaning System are the thousands of hospitals and surgeons that perform laparoscopic surgery, which include general surgeons, gynecologists, urologists, bariatric surgeons, thoracic surgeons, colo- rectal surgeons, and oncologic surgeons. There are over 3 million surgical procedures performed annually using laparoscopes.
The Laparoscopic Cleaning System will be primarily distributed to the corporate market directly from the manufacturer or through the 8,721 medical and hospital supply wholesalers and medical equipment suppliers in the U.S.
With a low manufacturing cost, the margins are good for both the manufacturer and retailer. Gross margin earnings of 86 percent or more could be easily attained with this product. Financial projections are contained in Section V. Wholesalers are expected to be eager to place sizable initial and follow-up orders to capitalize on the exclusiveness this value-added product offers. The Laparoscopic Cleaning System is expected to sell for $40.25 each. At this price point, the surgeon will consider it a small price to pay for a product that offers such value, convenience, and safety.
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