Spinal needle, London, England, 1914-1918
Hollow, hypodermic needles like this one are used to examine the delicate area of the spine, inject or drain fluids and to administer anaesthetics. Made from nickel-plated steel, the needle has a hollow tapered point, called a trocar, which is for fluids. The needle would have been part of a military surgeon’s equipment during the First World War.
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An examining instrument with a triangular point, used for exploring tissues or for inserting drainage tubes, as in drospy.
An agent that causes insensitivity to pain. Applied to either the whole body (general anaesthetic) or a particular area or region (local anaesthetic).
Glossary: hypodermic needle
A hollow needle with a sharp point. A hypodermic needle is often used with a syringe to inject substances into the body.