Anaesthetic Mask - Schimmelbusch Type, circa 1930s Object Reg. No: ST 037245

Adult size Schimmelbusch type anaesthetic mask, circa 1930s. It was used for placing over the nose and mouth of patients to administer ether or chloroform. A gutter around the face is intended to prevent leakage of the anaesthetic onto the patient.

German physician Dr Curt Schimmelbusch (1860-1895) designed this mask in 1890 while an assistant surgeon.
Anaesthetic mask frame comprising gutter around face (to prevent leakage of the anaesthetic) and frame with hinged section, which clips open to allow the placement of a cloth to be soaked in the anaesthetic).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr James Whitehead, 1987
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6 cm (Height), 11 cm (Width), 18 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: medical apparatus instruments, surgical apparatus instruments
Themes this item is part of: Journeys of a Lifetime, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015, Medicine in Society Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Surgery
Tertiary Classification: anaesthesia
Inscriptions: Marked: 'BRITISH MADE'
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, circa 1930s
References: Information on the Schimmelbusch mask from the Wood Library Museum,, accessed 29 April 2013.

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