Set of tracheotomy instruments, mid 19th century.

Set of tracheotomy instruments, mid 19th century.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

Made by J Weis & Son of The Strand, London. 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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