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Accession ID : IN2007.59

Document type: Nursing Museum Instrument
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Description Abdominal sucker with on/off spring.
Marks by Maker H Clements
Materials Stainless steel
Importance Local
Significance note Abdominal Sucker with on/off spring This sucker used for abdominal surgery is made of stainless steel and has a sleeve / nozzle with multiple holes to screw on over the usual sucker head. The maker was H Clements. It is 36 cm in length and in good condition with on/off switch still easy to use. It was one of many items donated to the Museum by Royal Darwin Hospital. Typically it is usually the most junior of staff in the operating room who has to maintain the suction on command from the surgeon. For many trainee nurses, it was therefore their first general surgery experience before graduating to be the instrument nurse. Storage is in museum quality boxes with separation from other artefacts with acid-free tissue paper. The photograph below is from the Museum’s catalogue. As with many instruments in the Museum’s collection, this Sucker is not unique but has significance as an instrument typically used by the nurse in the operating room. It therefore is demonstrative of stainless steel instruments of the past. They are now so often replaced by more malleable plastics which are kinder to the tissues and cause less trauma.
Location Status Stored
Current Location Instrument box 2
Condition of Item on Receipt Good
Related Item item marked I 059
Dimensions L 36cn

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