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Dates
1965
circa 1965
Collection
Bladder Function Clinic Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Urology
Accession Number
996013031 a-k
Description
A calibrator consisting of two infusion bottles with attachable metal handles at top and emptying into a latex hose; each is joined at their distal end by a three-way glass connector so that liquid runs into one hose; hose continues downward and attaches to a long, narrow glass tube into which is i…
Accession Number
996013031 a-k
Collection
Bladder Function Clinic Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Urology
MeSH Heading
Urology -- instrumentation
MM= Dilatation -- dilator -- urethral
Description
A calibrator consisting of two infusion bottles with attachable metal handles at top and emptying
into a latex hose; each is joined at their distal end by a three-way glass connector so that liquid
runs into one hose; hose continues downward and attaches to a long, narrow glass tube into which is
inserted a 3-way catheter of green rubber and black guides; metal clip fits around flange on bottom
end of glass tube; catheter guides screw into one stopcock and two transducers; transducers are
grey with white plastic stopcocks at one end and a grey conducting cord running out of the bottom
of each; conducting cords end with plugs made for a multi-pronged plug
Number Of Parts
11
Part Names
a-b - infusion bottle (x2) - Size: Length 19.0 cm. x Diameter8.0 cm.
c - latex hose - Size: Length 147.5 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
d - latex hose - Size: Length 76.3 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
e - glass connector - Size: Length 9.5 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
f - latex hose - Size: Length 64.0 cm. x Width 1.0 cm.
g - pressure catheter - Size: Length 49.5 cm. x Width 5.0 mm.
h-i - transducer (not including cord)(x2) - Size: Length 11.5 cm. x Width 2.0 cm.
j - metal plug - Size: Length 13.5 cm. x Width 3.0 cm.
k - metal plug - Size: Length 5.3 cm. x Width 2.7 cm.
l - metal clip - Size: Length 9.3 cm. x Width 5.0 cm.
m - glass sterilizer chamber - Size: Length 62.2 cm. x Diameter4.0 cm.
Provenance
Set up by Dr. Low in Toronto in the early 1960's; used in the Bladder Function Clinic 1965-1996
Dates
1965
circa 1965
Date Remarks
Used by Dr. J.A. Low in Toronto before he moved to Kingston in 1965
Material
plastic: clear; blue; grey
latex: yellow
metal: silver; yellow
glass: clear
tape: beige
rubber: grey; black
Inscriptions
Bottles: numbered 0-400 ml; metal clip on tube: "PAT. 2397438 // [in script] Thomas // PHILA. U.S.A.
// No. 35"; transducers: "OFF" 4x on levers; also, on tape on transducers: #1 "URETHRA"; #2 "BLADDER";
on plugs: (tape) "P3"; "P4"; on blue tape: "BIOMED"; on metal: "CANNON // ITT CANNONMS310A14S-5SCC2
// AMPHENOL 3057-6 // -WK-6-21C-5/16"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L1-6
Condition Remarks
Both infusion bottles have water trapped inside; black rubber stoppers have disintegrated somewhat,
leaving black specks floating in the water; pale grime also on inside walls of bottles; latex tubing
(all three) is disintegrating wherever it is stretched over attachments; catheter, with homemade
balloon, is in good condition; lever action still good on all stopcocks; transducers have
pieces of tape wrapped around each; yellow stains on transducer marked "Bladder" in stopcock mechanism
and where it attaches to catheter guide; plug marked "P4" has sticky (tape?) residue on rubber
section; each plug has a piece of masking tape attached; tape is dry but not yet pulling away; #2: rubber is cracked and stuck to glass; glass is dirty; #3: lots of rubber requiring special treatment; unidentified residue inside bottles.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Other
Reference Comments
Gillian Major; also see all of 996.013
Research Facts
Used to calibrate recording device for measuring bladder/urethra pressure; bottles held water which
emptied into the glass tube sterilizing chamber; special three-way pressure recording catheter in
sterilizing chamber was hooked up to two Strathern transducers which sent information down conducting
cords to plugs which were attached to the recording device; the bottles are the calibrators;
they were filled with water and attached to the wall (see attached drawing); balloon catheter made
by Gill Major, Dr. Low's nurse, of penrose drain and black silk thread; had to be made under water
and lasted only 6 months
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