Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

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Tracheotomy set, English, 1870-1901.

A complete set of metal and ivory instruments in a leather case, made by S Maw, Son and Thompson of London. The instruments consist of scalpels and needles, a retractor, a bougie and two artificial airways. 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 unassisted breathing impossible.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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20 October 2003 12:47
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