Umbilical tape in sterile glass tubes

1930-1960 in London
Savory and Moore Limited

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2 packets of umbilical tape in sterile glass tubes, prepared by John Bell and Croyden, London, 1930-1960

Each of these packets contains three sterile glass vials. Within them is a length of umbilical tape. The umbilical cord is the tube connecting the foetus to the placenta while it develops during pregnancy. The tape tied off the stump of the umbilical cord after birth. This prevented infection within the infant’s navel. It is an alternative to an umbilical clamp. It also helps prevent excessive bleeding after the cord is cut.

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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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packet, cardboard, tape and tube, glass
box: 115 mm x 44 mm x 19 mm, .04 kg
tube: 110 mm 10 mm, .01 kg
umbilical tape

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