Tracheotomy set, c 1940.

Tracheotomy set, c 1940.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Made by Down Bros of London for the Air Ministry. 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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