2006.172.1: Aspirator Set, 1941-1970

Additional Images

2006.172.1: Aspirator Set.
Image No. 4102 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Cased Potain type aspirator set, consisting of an all-metal syringe barrel and piston, a double tip attachment for inward and outward flow [directed by arrows], a bottle mount with two stopcocks incorporating female and male Luer-Lok stoppers, four needles with cannulae, two rubber tubes with end hub connectors [each tube now broken into two parts], a rod and two curved wires [stilettes]. Case dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.172.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1941-1970

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 22.8 cm
  • Height: 3.5 cm
  • Width: 9 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Case with lift-out frame and tube
  • b) Syringe barrel and piston rod
  • c) Double tip attachment
  • d) Bottle mount with two stopcocks
  • e) Needle with cannula
  • f) Needle with cannula
  • g) Needle with cannula
  • h) Needle with cannula
  • i) Rod
  • j) Curved wire
  • k) Curved wire
  • l) Tube with short viewing tube and female connectors
  • m) Tube with male connectors

Object Materials

  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • metal,
  • plating,
  • rubber,
  • steel

Acquisition Detail

  • Patent Date: 1901-10-22
  • Owner: Dr. Sydney Segal
  • History of Use: A manual suction instrument used to remove bodily fluids from a patient. Used by Dr. Sidney Segal [1920-1997] who was a noted pediatrician and pioneer neonatologist. His pioneering work in neonatology included the invention of the first effective apparatus for natural breathing in infants with respiratory failure, the design of the first infant air transport system, and extensive research into cystic fibrosis and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). He was instrumental in the establishment of the first intensive care nursery in Canada at the Vancouver General Hospital in the 1960s and later pioneered research and clinical procedures to treat neonatal abstinence syndrome, an affliction of babies borne by drug-addicted mothers. Dr. Segal was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (1990) and of the Order of British Columbia (1993).