Bottle of trichloroethylene, England, 1940-1960

Made:
1940-1960 in Wilmslow
maker:
Imperial Chemical Industries Limited

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Unopened metal bottle containing trichloroethylene, made by ICI Ltd., English, 1940-1960

Trichloroethylene is known as Trilene. It is a volatile liquid introduced as an anaesthetic agent in 1934. Trilene was used during labour. It was inhaled via a mouthpiece before each contraction. This provided pain relief rather than full anaesthesia. This bottle of trichloroethylene was made in England by Imperial Chemical Industries Limited. The use of Trilene in obstetrics has declined since the development of portable inhalers delivering nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen. Nitrous oxide is pleasanter to inhale and has fewer side effects.

Details

Category:
Anaesthesiology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A625468
Materials:
aluminium and cork
type:
anaesthetic bottle
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • anaesthetic machine