Gastric suction tube, United Kingdom, 1950-1960

Made:
1950-1960 in United Kingdom
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Intestinal suction tube set.
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Intestinal suction tube. Part of equipment.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Intestinal suction tube. Part of equipment set.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Intestinal suction tube, rubber, British (?), 1950-1960

Usually referred to as a stomach pump, this device allows the contents of the stomach to be emptied quickly, easily, and most importantly, safely. This is usually done to collect samples for laboratory tests or to empty the stomach in cases of poisoning. The tube is inserted into the nose or mouth and then down into the oesophagus and stomach. The tube is approximately 840 mm long.

This type of gastric suction tube was invented by I J Wood and his colleagues at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia in 1949.

Details

Category:
Clinical Diagnosis
Object Number:
1979-765
Materials:
glass, metal, plastic (unidentified) and rubber
type:
gastric suction tube
credit:
Central Middlesex Hospital