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Pleural Aspirator - Stainless Steel Box with Detachable Stand, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 850203

Summary:
Used to drain fluid from lungs of patientswho were in Victorian mental health hospitals, circa 1950. Used particularly in cases of pleurisy.
Description:
Chest aspirator, for draining fluid from lungs, consisting only of suction pump and aspirating bottle cork with air inlet taps. The suction pump is shaped like a metal syringe with a straight pump handle. The outlet end is a ball surmounted by a fine, screw-on nozzle with washer. The rubber cork has a fine metal tube irregularly shaped protruding below it and running up to a flat lid to the cork, out of which 2 tubes which has two tiny air inlet taps curve. The aspirator is in a stain steel box with detachable stand, shaped and has clamps to hold all parts. Trocards, needles, cannulas, aspirating bottle and hosing are missing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.00 cm (Height), 4.50 cm (Width), 10.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: breathing apparatus, psychiatric hospitals, surgical apparatus instruments
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Surgery
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1950
References: card with exhibit. Parce, Evelyn; "Instruments, Appliances and Theatre Technique", Faber & Faber, London. 1950.

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