Hahn's tracheotomy tube, c 1880-1900.

Hahn's tracheotomy tube, c 1880-1900.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Description

Made by Mayer and Meltzer of 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 conventional breathing imposible.

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