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Snake Bite Kit - Compak Suction Device, circa 1980 Document Reg. No: HT 3236

Pocket sized suction kit for treatment of snake bite in the field. Traditionally a tourniquet was applied between the bite and the heart to keep the venom away from the circulation. A blade was then used to cut around the bite, and the venom was washed out with the blood, usually aided by suction. The kit from USA came with antiseptic, blade, tourniquet and pliable suction cups.Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited , Parkville, Victoria.
Black rubber cylindrical tube with rounded ends, comprising an outer cylinder sheathing an inner cylinder. Both cylinders have a grooved surface. The inner cylinder has a curved opening, for use on curved surfaces such as fingers, shins etc.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2.50 cm (Width), 7.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: anti-venoms, laboratory apparatus equipment, snakes
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: First Aid
Tertiary Classification: kits
Inscriptions: Text on outer cylinder: "For Hospital/and/Field Use/R KELEY CALIFORNIA" and "SNAKE BITE/KIT/Suction Method/Cutter Laboratories"
Text on lid: "COMPAK/COMPAK"
User: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980

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