Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

 
Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

A complete set of metal and ivory instruments in a leather case, made by S Maw, Son and Thompson of London. The instruments consist of scalpels and needles, a retractor, a bougie and two artificial airways. A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure where an incision is made into the trachea (windpipe) and a tube is inserted to enable the patient to breathe. It is normally carried out when the airway above the trachea is damaged or blocked, making unasisted breathing imposible.

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10287799

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