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Accession ID : IN2007.124

Document type: Nursing Museum Instrument
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Description Tracheostomy tube with collar and introducer.
Marks by Maker Down England
Materials Silver
Importance World
Significance note Representativeness for medical care. Tracheostomy Tube This tracheostomy tube also includes a collar and trochar [introducer] and all are made of silver. The collar has the maker identification of ‘Down England’ and the size of 28 and the Museum catalogue number as I 124. Cotton tapes are attached to the collar. The whole including the tapes would in the hospital have been sterilised prior to insertion or prior to regular change of tube. The whole including the trochar is 8cm long and without trochar is 5cm long. The tracheostomy is an opening into the trachea at the base of the neck to relieve obstruction to breathing. While it is open, the patient is unable to speak. Tracheostomy tubes were usually made of silver, occasionally of gold, being less irritant to tissue than stainless steel. Today the tubes are disposable and made of modern plastics. The Museum’s collection of various sized metal and plastic tracheostomy tubes is not unique but is indicative of the different technology prior to current plastic and disposable era. Refer to other items IN0125 to IN132. The Tube and its parts are in good condition with some to be expected oxidation – surface discolouration of the silver. The cotton tapes will need replacement over time. This and other Tracheostomy Tubes are stored between acid-free tissue paper in a museum quality box. The photograph below [the only one for Tracheostomy Tubes in the catalogue] shows a modern disposable plastic Tube with a blow-up cuff to ensure complete occlusion of the trachea.
Location Status Stored
Current Location Instrument Box 4
Condition of Item on Receipt Fair/Used
Related Item Item marked I 124
Dimensions 8.5 cm long. Size 28

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