The Westminster profound hypothermia apparatus, 1960s.

Image number: 10308992

The Westminster profound hypothermia apparatus, 1960s.

This apparatus for use during open heart surgery was developed by Charles Drew at Westminster Hospital. It cooled patients by passing the blood through a heat exchanger. At approximately 14 degrees Celsius the heart would stop completely, becoming still and bloodless, thus enabling surgeons to repair holes or address other problems. The apparatus is seen here on display in the Science Museum's 'Health Matters' gallery.

Image number:
10308992
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 14:06
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Science Museum