Image Number 4 for United States Patent #5344005.
The invention relates to a package with suture material for surgical purposes, especially as an inner package for sterile packaging. A bottom plate (2) displays in its rear zone a rear carrier strip (10) and in the front zone several transverse carrier strips (16, 16') running perpendicular thereto. Needles (32, 32') of needle/thread combinations (30, 30') or the front ends of single threads are held by guide cuts (18) of the transverse carrier strips (16, 16'). The threads (34) are divided into groups, preferably the threads (34) of the needle/thread combinations (30) allocated to a specific transverse carrier strip (16) being separated from the threads of others by intermediate sections (20). The rear zone of the bottom plate (2) is covered by a cover plate (40) and the front zone by a closure plate (48) which is opened during use.