2006.209.1: Syringe, Asepto, 1950-1990

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2006.209.1: Syringe, Asepto.
Image No. 4202 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Plungerless asepto syringe: ⅛ oz. pipette with a slender nozzle and suction bulb, in a lidded box. Product code no. 2031. Incomplete, internal box support to hold the instrument is missing. Box dimensions given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.209.1
Collection: Surgery, General
Date: 1950-1990

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 14.5 cm
  • Height: 2.8 cm
  • Width: 3.2 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Lidded box
  • b) Pipette
  • c) Bulb

Object Materials

  • cardboard,
  • glass,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • printing ink,
  • rubber

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Becton, Dickinson & Co.
  • Owner: Dr. Sydney Segal
  • History of Use: The asepto syringe is used for introducing fluids into or withdrawing them from the body; compression of the bulb creates a vacuum for gentle suction of small amounts of bodily drainage, such as oral and nasal secretions. It is also used for irrigation, cleaning wounds, etc. 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).