Malmstrom's obstetrical vacuum extractor, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1979

1979 in Gothenburg

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Malmstrom obstetrical vacuum extractor, by AB Vacuum Extractor, Gothenburg, Sweden, 1979

This instrument was used to help deliver babies, in place of forceps. It is a type designed by the Swede T Malmstrom in the 1950s and was manufactured by AB Vacuum Extractor in Sweden. In 1849 Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870) successfully used a suction cup attached to the baby's head to aid delivery, and this is the idea that Malmstrom revived one hundred years later.

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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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fittings, steel (stainless), tubing, rubber and vessel, glass
overall (tube with pump): 740 mm 35 mm,
overall (extractor): 28 mm x 290 mm 20 mm,
overall (vessel): 270 mm 80 mm, 1.1kg
overall (other tube): 1350 mm 130 mm,
overall (tubes): 1570 mm
obstetrical vacuum extractor
Downs Surgical Limited

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