A set of instruments for sampling foetal blood, London, England, 1981

Made:
1981 in London
maker:
Rocket of London Limited

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Set of instruments for sampling foetal blood, Rocket, London, 1981 (4 pieces)

A small amount of blood is taken from a baby’s scalp during labour by these instruments. A tiny incision is made with the blade. Blood is sucked into a glass tube. Analysis of the blood sample indicates whether the baby is receiving enough oxygen. Too little oxygen at birth can cause brain damage, severe cerebral palsy and even death. These instruments were made by Rocket of London Limited.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
1981-357
Materials:
plastic and stainless steel
type:
blood testing kit
credit:
Rocket of London Limited