Tracheotomy set, c 1870-1925.

Tracheotomy set, c 1870-1925.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


The set consists of three Fuller's silver-plated cannulae, two scalpels made by Eggington of Manchester and a sharp hook made by Down Bros 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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