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A set of instruments for sampling foetal blood, London, England, 1981

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A small amount of blood is taken from a baby’s scalp during labour by these instruments. A tiny incision is made with the blade. Blood is sucked into a glass tube. Analysis of the blood sample indicates whether the baby is receiving enough oxygen. Too little oxygen at birth can cause brain damage, severe cerebral palsy and even death. These instruments were made by Rocket of London Limited.

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Glossary: diagnostic tool

Any range of medical instruments used to diagnose illness.

Glossary: obstetrics

A branch of medicine dealing with the care of women. This care occurs during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period of recovery from childbirth.

Glossary: blood testing kit

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