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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
McPherson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997003030
Description
Ether hook, which consists of a cylindrical hollow metal tube with a round, open end and a tip that has been bent into a semicircle; the bent tip is flattened, but still open and ends with a rounded, flat tab; the other end is round and open; there is threading at the top outside edges to allow a r…
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Accession Number
997003030
Collection
McPherson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- tube
Description
Ether hook, which consists of a cylindrical hollow metal tube with a round, open end and a tip that has been bent into a semicircle; the bent tip is flattened, but still open and ends with a rounded, flat tab; the other end is round and open; there is threading at the top outside edges to allow a rubber tube to be attached and held on.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Owned and used by Dr. Malcolm E. McPherson, a graduate of Queen's School of Medicine in 1929; Dr. McPherson practised in Hawthorne, NS; he was a G.P. but specialized in gynecology.
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
metal: silver
Inscriptions
None
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-2
Dimension Notes
Length 11.1 cm x Width 2.7 cm x Depth 1.0 cm
Condition Remarks
The ether hook shows only minor wear and no corrosion.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Book
Reference Comments
"Surgical Instruments Suction and Pressure Apparatus," J. Sklar Mfg. Co., Inc., 1967, p. 34 (item #120-10)
Exhibit History
Loaned to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for the Museopathy exhibit, May 24-Sept. 13, 2001
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McKesson anaesthesia machine

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1945-1950
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008002
Description
McKesson deep breath demand flow anaesthesia machine with absorber Model 620; the absorber is a cylindrical container with an on/off dial and hours used indicator on top; the side of the machine has an oxygen hook-up on the right and a cyclopropane hook-up on the left; other parts include a dial at…
Accession Number
997008002
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- machine
Description
McKesson deep breath demand flow anaesthesia machine with absorber Model 620; the absorber is a cylindrical container with an on/off dial and hours used indicator on top; the side of the machine has an oxygen hook-up on the right and a cyclopropane hook-up on the left; other parts include a dial at the back with a red pointer which controlled the % oxygen; to the right is a direct oxygen button; a regulated pressure dial can be seen opposite the % oxygen dial; the regulated pressure is in mm of pressure; there are two oxygen operating range dials either side of the pressure regulator; there are two rubber hoses at the sides of the machine which hooked up to oxygen; each side of the machine has a round bellow; the machine is attached to a cylindrical metal pole on a four-wheel stand.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
McKesson Appliance Co.
Site Made (City)
Toledo
Site Made (State)
Ohio
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1945-1950
Material
plastic: black
glass: clear
rubber: cream
metal: silver; grey; green
Inscriptions
The top of the absorber reads, "McKESSON APPLIANCE CO. // TOLEDO // OHIO // U.S.A. // HOURS USED // ABSORBER // MODEL 620 // SER. NO. 4723"; the percent oxygen dial is marked 0 to 45 in intervals of 5; the dial beside it reads, "McKesson Nargraf // PAT. NOS. RE-17512-1,632,449-1,687,255 OTHER PATS PEND. // REG. U.S. PAT OFF. // McKESSON APPLIANCE CO., TOLEDO, OHIO, U.S.A. // OXYGEN PERCENT // 100 75 50 25 0 // MODEL L // USE SMALL DIAL"; the direct oxygen button is labelled, "DIRECT // OXYGEN // PRESS // BUTTON"; the regulated pressure dial is labelled "PRESSURE // mm // 0 5 10 20 30 40 OFF"; the two operating range dials both read, "OPERATING // RANGE // LOW // HIGH // McKESSON APPLIANCE CO. // TOLEDO, OHIO, U.S.A. // U.S. // GAUGE // CO. // N.Y. // MADE IN U.S.A. // AD-7739"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-1B-2
Dimension Notes
Length: 81.0 cm. x Width: 51.0 cm. x Depth: 51.0 cm.
Condition Remarks
Machine arrived very dirty and dusty; the gas cylinders and hoses are no longer with the machine and the dial to control the cyclopropane is missing; most of the metal parts are uncorroded, with the exception of a small amount at the left side; the rubber hoses are flexible and complete
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews and John Sikora; "Ward's Anaesthetic Equipment", 3rd ed., by Andrew Davey, John T.B. Moyle and Crispian S. Ward, 1992, pp. 168-171
Research Facts
Sodalime was put into the absorber container to absorb expired carbon dioxide; the two oxygen pressure dials measured the pressure of oxygen delivered; the direct oxygen button was a flush button to fill up the circuit with oxygen or to give the patient a burst of oxygen; the bellows were used to proportion gas pressures
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Kinet-O-Meter anaesthesia machine

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Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008004
Description
Kinet-O-meter anaesthesia machine which consists of two heavy cylindrical metal poles on a metal stand with four wheels; the top of one pole has two tank hook-ups each, for oxygen, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, with regulator on top; the top of the other pole has a hook-up for cyclopropane whic…
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Accession Number
997008004
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- machine
Description
Kinet-O-meter anaesthesia machine which consists of two heavy cylindrical metal poles on a metal stand with four wheels; the top of one pole has two tank hook-ups each, for oxygen, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, with regulator on top; the top of the other pole has a hook-up for cyclopropane which leads to a panel with four flow meters (for nitrous oxide, cyclopropane, carbon dioxide and oxygen) in cc/liters per minute; the four flow meters lead back to the tank hook-ups by tubes; behind the flow meters, there is a blood pressure cuff manometer with a rubber tube which would originally have had a rubber bulb; a metal valve in the front was to be hooked up to the patient (via a soda lime absorber) to administer a mix of the four gases; the back of the machine has a wrench attached permanently by a metal chain, for turning on cylinders of gas.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario
Maker
Ohio Chemical & Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Minneapolis
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1960
circa 1940-1960
Material
plastic: black; clear; blue; yellow; grey; green
rubber: black
metal: silver; yellow
Inscriptions
Label on the front of the machine reads, "HI-CO // THE HEIDBRINK CO. // MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA // MADE IN U.S.A. // DES. PAT. NO. 102,632"; a label under this reads, "AMERICAN [---]AL // ACCEPTED // COUNCIL // OF PHYSICAL // THERAPY"; a label under this reads, "HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL // ASSET NO. 04026"; a manufacturer's label at the back reads, "LUNDY // ROCHESTER MODEL // HEIDBRINK // KINETO-METER // REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. // HEIDBRINK DIVISION OF // OHIO CHEMICAL & MFG CO. // MINNEAPOLIS MINN. // HI-CO // PAT. NO. 1,412,866 // PAT. NO. 1,802,601 // PAT. NO. 1,989,366 // PAT. NO. 2,073,372 // PAT. NO. 1,858,084 // OTHER PATS. APPL'D FOR // MADE IN U.S.A."
Permanent Location
Storage Room W1
W1-7-2
Dimension Notes
Length: 108.0 cm. x Width: 47.8 cm. x Depth: 61.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
The machine arrived very dirty and dusty; the pressure dials for the carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide gas hook-ups are very corroded; the plastic cover is missing for the carbon dioxide dial and broken and covered with a corrosion product for the nitrous oxide dial; the rubber hose on the main pressure dial is cracked in several spots; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews and John Sikora; see photocopy of blood pressure manometer from 1964 Ohio catalogue; see photocopy of Tycos warranty
Research Facts
The four flow meter gauges at the front regulate the flow of nitrous oxide, cyclopropane, carbon dioxide and oxygen and were very inaccurate; carbon dioxide was used to stimulate patient respiration thus allowing quicker anaesthetizing; this model allows for two cylinders each of oxygen, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide; this was an improvement over earlier models, as cylinders sometimes ran out of gas during operations; it was difficult to determine when the oxygen cylinder was empty and nitrous oxide pressure falls very quickly; with this model, if a tank ran dry, the patient could immediately be changed over to a full tank; another improvement was that the tanks were bigger than those in earlier models; the principle of this machine is the same as other machines in the same era; the regulators are single-stage regulators.
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery, anaesthesia exhibit - Oct. 2 1997-Oct. 24, 2001
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tank manifold system

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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008010
Description
Tank manifold system, which consists of a series of metal pipes, valves and stoppers on top of a wood and plastic stand attached to a cylindrical metal pole on a four-wheeled stand; the main part of the machine splits off into two connected halves; both sides of the machine have gauges which measur…
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Accession Number
997008010
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- machine
Description
Tank manifold system, which consists of a series of metal pipes, valves and stoppers on top of a wood and plastic stand attached to a cylindrical metal pole on a four-wheeled stand; the main part of the machine splits off into two connected halves; both sides of the machine have gauges which measure oxygen in lbs./sq. in. and pressure in lbs./sq. in.; both sides also have two-handled shutoff valves which can be turned to increase or decrease pressure and levered gas tank attachment sites; there is also a screw-on metal cap on a chain on both sides; the back of the base of the machine has an outgoing tube for gas.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Material
plastic: black; clear; grey
paint: green
metal: silver; yellow
wood: beige
glass: clear
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-11 Floor
Dimension Notes
Length: 93.0 cm. x Width: 92.9 cm. x Depth: 33.5 cm.
Condition Remarks
The gas mixing machine arrived very dirty and dusty; the paint covering most of the metal is very chipped, but no exposed metal shows any sign of corrosion
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. Valentinus "Nick" Nekus and John Sikora
Research Facts
The tank manifold system was a primitive system which would have regulated air pressure from a high pressured central source (or tanks) to patient use in the operating room; it was used as a control system to the operating room; this is a two-stage regulator which delivers precise oxygen pressures.
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Heidbrink Kinet-O-Meter anaesthesia machine

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008014 a-d
Description
(a) Heidbrink Kinet-O-Meter, Lundy Rochester Model anaesthesia machine, which consists of a rectangular green painted metal cabinet on four wheels; the front of the cabinet has a switch at the top and is divided into two halves; the right half has three pull-out (and removable) drawers - a fourth a…
Accession Number
997008014 a-d
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- machine
Description
(a) Heidbrink Kinet-O-Meter, Lundy Rochester Model anaesthesia machine, which consists of a rectangular green painted metal cabinet on four wheels; the front of the cabinet has a switch at the top and is divided into two halves; the right half has three pull-out (and removable) drawers - a fourth and top drawer is missing; the left half has a door which opens on hinges at the left; the space inside contains a pole which can be pulled out; a trilene absorber can be attached to the pole (as is 997.008.034a-d) and a plastic hose leads from this to the machine; the right side as two gauges for oxygen pressure and carbon dioxide pressure; the left side of the machine has three gas cylinder hook-ups, two for nitrous oxide and one for cyclopropane as well as a gauge to read the pressure of each has; at the back there is a reducing valve, and at the front is a hook-up for an absorber (though not one attached); the top of the machine has a set of four disc flowmeter gauges to read the flow of cyclopropane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and oxygen; (b-d) three identical pull-out drawers with black plastic handles at the front; the inside base of the drawers is lined with green felt; these drawers fit into the right side of the machine cabinet.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - machine, anaesthesia - Size: Length 105.4 cm. x Width 64.8 cm. x Depth 40.9 cm.
b-d - drawers (x3) - Size: Length 16.8 cm. x Width 35.9 cm. x Depth 15.2 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
The Ohio Chemical & Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
Minneapolis
Site Made (State)
Minnesota
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
plastic: black; clear; white
metal: silver; grey
paint: green
fabric: green
Inscriptions
A manufacturer's label on the top of the back reads, "LUNDY // ROCHESTER MODEL // HEIDBRINK // KINET-O-METER // REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. // HEIDBRINK DIVISION OF // THE OHIO CHEMICAL & MFG. CO. // MINNEAPOLIS, MINN // PAT. NO. 1,412,866 // PAT. NO. 1,989,366 // HI-CO // PAT. NO. 1,802,601 // PAT. NO. 2,073,372 // PAT. NO. 1,858,084 // OTHER PATS. APPL'D FOR // MADE IN U.S.A."; a small label below this reads, "HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL // ASSET NO. 04024"; a metal switch on the front of the machine is stamped, "CIRCLE" on one side and "TO-FRO" on the other
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0009
0009-13-1
Condition Remarks
The machine arrived very dirty and dusty; most exposed metal parts show no corrosion, with the exception of the nitrous oxide pressure gauge, which has a green corrosion product and the plastic cover is also cracked; other plastic parts show no cracks or missing sections
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Other
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews; similar to 997.008.004; also see 997.008.034 a-c; "Understanding Anaesthesia Equipment -- Construction, Care and Complications" by Jerry A. Dorsch, M.D. and Susan E. Dorsch, M.D., 1975, p. 47
Research Facts
This machine mixed gases according to the doctor's instructions; this machine was used on children and adults for any type of surgery requiring anaesthesia; the disc flowmeter gauges were very inaccurate; the central switch could cause patient death if accidentally turned; this TO-FRO or CIRCLE switch could change the tubes leading to the patient from 1 to 2 (or the other way around, which could be fatal); the reducing valve reduced the pressure in the gas cylinder
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery, anaesthesia exhibit - Oct. 2 1997-Feb. 1998
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soda lime absorber

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Dates
1955
1965
circa 1955-1965
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008019
Description
Boyle Mark III soda lime absorber, which consists of a clear plastic cylinder and a metal top and bottom; the cylindrical cannister is a twin chamber design, divided by meshed metal; the head of the absorber has an on/off control (to which a holding switch has been added on); in front of the contro…
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Accession Number
997008019
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- absorber
Description
Boyle Mark III soda lime absorber, which consists of a clear plastic cylinder and a metal top and bottom; the cylindrical cannister is a twin chamber design, divided by meshed metal; the head of the absorber has an on/off control (to which a holding switch has been added on); in front of the control are inspiratory and expiratory valves, to which hoses would be attached; the inspiratory valve has an emergency O2 on/off flush button and a braided hose which would have connected to an oxygen outlet on the anaesthesia machine; below the inspiratory valve is another valve to which a manual rebreathing bag was to be attached; the back of the absorber has an attachment which allows it to be attached to an anesthesia machine; this absorber was attached by Dr. Ray Matthews to 997. 008.001
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
The British Oxygen Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1955
1965
circa 1955-1965
Material
fabric: black; white
metal: silver; red; green; grey
rubber: black
plastic: clear; black; brown
Inscriptions
A manufacturer's label on top of the absorber reads, "BOYLE ABSORBER // BOC MARK III BOC // THE BRITISH OXYGEN CO. LTD. LONDON // MADE IN ENGLAND"; under the on/off control is, "SERIAL NO. // B. A. 3589"; the front of the absorber head has a small label which reads, "HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL // ASSET NO. 04041"; the side of the cannister reads, "DO NOT FILL // ABOVE THIS LINE // SPRAY WITH ANTISTATIC SOLUTION"; the on/off control is labelled as are the inspiratory and expiratory valves and emergency O2 flush button
Permanent Location
Storage Room W1
W1-6-1
Dimension Notes
Length: 36.9 cm. x Width: 21.2 cm. x Depth: 30.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
The absorber arrived very dirty and dusty; some minor corrosion is visible on the upper chamber; minor wear is visible on the outside parts of the absorber; the manual rebreathing bag is missing as well as the hoses; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person: Document
Other
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews; see attached photocopies from a Boyle catalogue; attached to 997.008.001; similar to 997.008.024; see attached photocopy from 1964 Ohio catalogue
Research Facts
The switch which prevents the absorber from accidentally being turned off is an add-on (not manufactured); soda lime was put in the absorber and used to absorb the expired carbon dioxide; stored as part of 997.008.001.
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery, anaesthesia exhibit - Oct. 2 1997-Oct. 24, 2001
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Trilene vaporizer

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Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008034 a-c
Description
(a) Ohio trilene vaporizer, which consists of a solid round cylindrical piece with a hollow cylindrical tube at the bottom and an adjustment handle at the top; the top back of the vaporizer has a threaded valve which allows it to be attached to an anesthesia machine; the top front of the vaporizer …
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Accession Number
997008034 a-c
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- vaporizer
MM= Nebulizers and Vaporizers -- vaporizer
Description
(a) Ohio trilene vaporizer, which consists of a solid round cylindrical piece with a hollow cylindrical tube at the bottom and an adjustment handle at the top; the top back of the vaporizer has a threaded valve which allows it to be attached to an anesthesia machine; the top front of the vaporizer has a threaded valve which allows the trilene to lead to the patient; to the right of the valve is (b) a removable cylindrical stopper which allows the vaporizer to be filled with trilene; the base of the vaporizer is threaded, so that (c) a glass jar which holds the trilene can be attached; the top of the vaporizer is marked with increments which determine the amount of trilene administered.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - vaporizer - Size: Length 16.3 cm. x Width 7.0 cm. x Depth 12.0 cm.
b - stopper - Size: Length 3.3 cm. x Diameter1.3 cm.
c - glass jar for vaporizer - Size: Length 8.8 cm. x Diameter7.0 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
Ohio Chemical & Surgical Equipment Co., a Division of Air Reduction Company Inc.
Site Made (City)
Madison
Site Made (State)
Wisconsin
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Material
paint: black
metal: silver
glass: clear
Inscriptions
(a) The top of the vaporizer reads, "OHIO // FULL OPEN // 9 // 8 // 7 // 6 // 5 // 4 // 3 // 2 // 1 // CLOSED // 41927"; (c) the outside of the bottom of the glass jar reads, "DO NOT FILL // --- // ABOVE THIS LINE // MADE IN U.S.A." (twice); the outside of the base has the raised numbers, "16-4" on it
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-6
Condition Remarks
The vaporizer arrived very dirty and dusty and with pressure-sensitive tape residue on the glass jar; the metal top shows some corrosion; the glass jar is complete and undamaged
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Document
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews; attached to 997.008.014; manufacturer's information from 1964 Ohio catalogue
Research Facts
Trilene was put into the glass jar and the vaporizer then attached to an anaesthesia machine
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ether vaporizer

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Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008036 a-b
Description
(a) B.O.C. ether vaporizer, which consists of a round threaded metal top with a U-shaped piece of cylindrical copper tubing attached at both ends to the top and leading downwards; the top has a plunger with a round handle on a cylindrical handle on a cylindrical rod, which leads down to the copper …
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Accession Number
997008036 a-b
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- vaporizer
MM= Nebulizers and Vaporizers -- vaporizer
Description
(a) B.O.C. ether vaporizer, which consists of a round threaded metal top with a U-shaped piece of cylindrical copper tubing attached at both ends to the top and leading downwards; the top has a plunger with a round handle on a cylindrical handle on a cylindrical rod, which leads down to the copper tubing; there is an open round hole to the right of the plunger; the left side of the top has a round on/off valve with a grease injector cap at the back and a hollow round gas inlet nozzle at the left side; the right side of the top has a hollow round gas outlet nozzle; this vaporizer was attached to Boyle anaesthesia machine 997.008.001 by Dr. Matthews; the back of the vaporizer top has a screw attachment piece that allows the vaporizer to attach to the back of an anaesthesia machine; the inside of the vaporizer top is threaded to allow the attachment of (b) a glass jar designed to hold liquid ether which is labelled in increments of 50 to 300 cc's; there is a round cork washer which tightly seals the glass jar to the vaporizer top.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - ether vaporizer - Size: Length 20.8 cm. x Width 14.7 cm. x Depth 9.2 cm.
b - glass jar - Size: Length 15.3 cm. x Diameter8.9 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Maker
The British Oxygen Co. Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1940
1950
circa 1940-1950
Material
cork: light beige
glass: clear
metal: silver; grey; brown
Inscriptions
(a) A manufacturer's label on the top of the vaporizer reads, "THE BRITISH OXYGEN CO ["O" superscr.] LTD ["TD" superscr.] // LONDON ENGLAND // MEDICAL // BOC // DIVISION // PATENT NO ["O" underlined and superscr.] 536536"; the front of the vaporizer is labelled "ETHER" and the on/off switch is labelled; (b) the glass jar is labelled, "ETHER" and has cc's in increments from 50 to 300 up the
side
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-6
Condition Remarks
The vaporizer arrived very dirty and dusty; there is no corrosion on the metal parts and the glass jar is complete and undamaged; a piece is missing from the on/off switch; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Book
Document
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews; attached to anaesthesia machine 997.008.001 by Dr. Matthews; "Ward's Anaesthetic Equipment", 3rd ed., by Andrew Davey, John T.B. Moyle and Crispian S. Ward, 1992, pp. 75-77; see attached photocopied information on ether vaporizers from a Boyle Model 10 catalogue; this vaporizer is the model illustrated on p. 6
Research Facts
The plunger varies the ether concentration in the gas flow
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery - Anaesthesia exhibit, Oct. 2 1997- Nov. 2, 2001
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Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008037
Description
Oxygen connector which would have hooked up to an anaesthesia machine; the connector has a round central part with an oxygen cylinder yoke at the front and the back; there is also a pressure gauge on top of the front yoke; to the left of the central section is a flow meter which is rectangularshape…
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Accession Number
997008037
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anesthesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- connector
Description
Oxygen connector which would have hooked up to an anaesthesia machine; the connector has a round central part with an oxygen cylinder yoke at the front and the back; there is also a pressure gauge on top of the front yoke; to the left of the central section is a flow meter which is rectangularshaped and leads by tubes back to the central section; to the right is a round piece with an adjustment knob at the top and a round metal tube at the back which connects it to the back of the flow meter; the back of the flow meter also has a rubber tube leading out of it.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario.
Maker
Ohio Surgical & Chemical Equipment Co., a Division of Air Reduction Company, Incorporated
Site Made (City)
Madison
Site Made (State)
Wisconsin
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Material
plastic: clear; green; yellow
glass: clear
metal: silver
rubber: black
Inscriptions
The front gauge is in increments from 0 to 3000; it reads, "USE NO OIL // OHIO // (UL) ["UL" enclosed in a circle] // 847 // OHIO CHEMICAL // & SURGICAL EQUIPMENT CO. // A DIVISION OF // AIR REDUCTION COMPANY, INCORPORATED // MADISON, WISCONSIN, U.S.A. // AIRCO"; both cylinder yokes are labelled "O2" (the "2" is subscr.); the flow meter is labelled, "LITERS // PER // MINUTE // 760 MM // 21° C // SAT. // OXYGEN" and is in increments from 0 to 11; the top of the round piece has a "4" written on it in marker ink; the hose is labelled, "DAVOL ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-E2-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 25.5 cm. x Width: 23.0 cm. x Depth: 30.2 cm.
Condition Remarks
The connector arrived very dirty and dusty; the metal shows some minor corrosion; the rubber shows cracks and the end of the hose is broken; the plastic and glass parts are complete and undamaged
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews
Research Facts
The connector would have been hooked up to an anaesthesia machine; the rubber hose would have led to the patient
Images
Less detail
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
Accession Number
997008038
Description
Anaesthesia machine flow meter, which consists of top and bottom square bars with four cylindrical pieces in between; the first cylindrical tube is glass with metal supports at the right and left sides; there is an adjustment knob on the base bar underneath the tube, which controls the oxygen gas i…
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Accession Number
997008038
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Anaesthesia
MeSH Heading
Anesthesiology, instrumentation
MM= Anestbesia, Inhalation -- accessories -- flow meter
Description
Anaesthesia machine flow meter, which consists of top and bottom square bars with four cylindrical pieces in between; the first cylindrical tube is glass with metal supports at the right and left sides; there is an adjustment knob on the base bar underneath the tube, which controls the oxygen gas it measures; the second cylindrical tube has a solid piece of cylindrical metal with metal supports at the right and left sides and no control knob at the base; the third cylindrical tube is glass with metal supports at the right and left sides and a round piece of rubber on the bottom; there is an adjustment knob on the base bar underneath the tube which controls the cyclopropane gas it measures; the fourth cylindrical tube is glass with metal supports at the right and left sides; there is an adjustment knob on the base bar underneath the tube which controls the nitrous oxide gas it measures; the back of the third and fourth tubes has a metal attachment which allows the flow meter to be attached to the back bar of an anaesthesia machine; the right side of the top square bar has a round valve which attaches to an ether vaporizer.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Maker
Medical & Industrial Equipment Ltd.
Site Made (City)
London
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1950
1970
circa 1950-1970
Material
paint: light green; red; blue
glass: clear
metal: silver
rubber: red
Inscriptions
The top square bar is labelled, "MIE"; each control knob is labelled with the name of the gas it controls; the glass oxygen tube is in increments of 100 to 5000 CCS/MIN of O2; the glass cyclopropane tube is increments of 50 to 750 CCS/MIN C3H6; the glass nitrous oxide tube is in increments of 1-10 L/MIN N2O; it also reads, "163170/C ROTAMETER MFG. CO. LTD. MADE IN ENGLAND"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-F2-4
Dimension Notes
Length: 20.1 cm. x Width: 14.2 cm. x Depth: 10.6 cm.
Condition Remarks
The flow meter arrived dirty and dusty; the metal parts show no corrosion and only minor wear; the glass parts are complete; the rubber piece shows several small cracks; #2 no new damage
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Other
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews; manufacturing information from MIE catalogue
Research Facts
The flow meter would have been attached to the back bar of an anaesthesia machine and been hooked up to an ether vaporizer
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery - Anaesthesia exhibit, Oct. 2 1997-Oct. 24, 2001; returned to storage Dec. 17, 2001
Images
Less detail

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