Tracheotomy set, England, 1870–1901

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Tracheotomy set, England, 1870–1901. Tracheotomy is where a cut is made in the windpipe so a tube can be inserted to help the patient breathe. The procedure is carried out to prevent any further damage to the windpipe from disease or injury. Today, tracheotomy is used if the patient is on a ventilator for a long time. The kit contains all the instruments needed to carry out the procedure, including scalpels, tenaculum and hooks. It also contains different sized instruments to help place tubes in a child’s or adult’s windpipe. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: v6ggx8fr.

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