A long thin single-piece cardboard box (a) containing a Flexi-T 300 intrauterine device (d) in plastic packaging with a paper backing (b); IUD is made from cyllindrical white polyethylene formed into the shape of a T with a small round knob at the top and bottom of the post and arms that curl downw…
A long thin single-piece cardboard box (a) containing a Flexi-T 300 intrauterine device (d) in plastic packaging with a paper backing (b); IUD is made from cyllindrical white polyethylene formed into the shape of a T with a small round knob at the top and bottom of the post and arms that curl downward toward its centre; post is wrapped in tightly-coiled copper wire which also holds the top of a long blue filament to the post; applicator is a clear plastic tube with black graduations on the side; the top of the IUD sticks out of one end of the tube and the filament extends from the other end; filament is held to the outside of the tube with a blue plastic attachment which can slide up and down; also included in the box is a folded paper instruction sheet (c).
Number Of Parts
a - box - Size: Length 24.7 cm x Width 6.0 cm x Depth 1.1 cm
b - plastic packaging - Size: Length 23.8 cm x Width 4.9 cm x Depth 0.9 cm
c - paper instructions - Size: Length 29.5 cm x Width 21.0 cm
d - IUD - Size: Length 19.2 cm x Width 2.8 cm x Depth 0.6 cm
Owned and used by Dr. Robert Reid at the Kingston General Hospital.
Instructions indicate a five-year shelf life; expiration date on package is 2006
paper: white, blue
plastic: white, clear, black, blue
Graduations on the side of applicator are denoted at "4", "7" and "10"; front of box: "PROSAN // female health care // Flexi~T 300 Intrauterine contraceptive device // COPPER IUD // CE0344"; right side of box: "Flexi~T 300 [the number 2 in a circle with a diagonal line through it] ["STERILE
R" inside a rectangle] [hourglass shape with grains in the bottom] 2006_05 ["LOT" in a rectangle] 01E11"; back of box: "patented product // PROSAN // female health care // Flexi~T 300 Intrauterine contraceptive device // to be inserted by a physician only [triangle with an exclamation point inside it] // COPPER IUD // CE0344"; left side of box: "Flexi~T 300 manufactured by Prosan International B.V. // IJsselburcht 3 - 6825 BS Arnhem - the Netherlands"; top of box: "Flexi~T 300"; on flap: Art.nr. 123070 Rev. 01"; bottom of box: "Flexi~T 300"; back of plastic packaging: "To be opened by // physician only // [exclamation mark inside a triangle] // ["LOT" in a rectangle] // 01E1 // [image of an hourglass with all grains in the bottom] // 2006-05 // Flexi-T 300 // ["STERILE
R" inside a rectangle] // CE0344 // Patented Product // Prosan International // IJaawlburcht 3 // 6825 BS Arnhem // Tel: +31 26 365 33 63 // Fax: +31 26 365 33 69 // The Netherlands // REF: 123074 Rev.02 // [the number 2 in a circle with a diagonal line through it] // PEEL HERE // [arrow pointing downward]"; instruction sheet front: "Flexi~T 300/200 // intrauterine contraceptive device // PROSAN // female health care // [...] // INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PHYSICIAN // [images depicting how to insert the IUD] // DESCRIPTION // The Flexi-T is an intrauterine device made of polyethylene mixed with barium sulfate which makes it visible to X-ray. [...] // The simple one-hand "push-in" technique requires neither sterile gloves nor a plunger. [...] // The design of the Flexi-T is based on data obtained through extensive in vivo measurements of the transverse and longitudinal dimensions of the // uterine cavities in thousands of fertile women of all age and parity groups, resulting in an optimal compatibility. The shape of the Flexi-T avoids // irritation of the uterine mucosa and provides a "fundus seeking" and anti-expulsive mechanism (fig. 8). // INDICATION // Intrauterine contraceptive device for parous and nulliparous women. Postcoital interception. // MODE OF ACTION // [...] // TIME OF INSERTION // [...] // DURATION OF USE // [...]"; back of information sheet: "INSERTION PROCEDURE // [...] // REMOVAL // [...] // CONTRA-INDICATIONS // [...] // WARNINGS // [...] // SIDE EFFECTS // [...] // CHECK // [...] // INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USER // [...] // PHARMACEUTICAL PRECAUTIONS // [...] // LEGAL CATEGORY CE 0344 // [...] // PACKAGING // Each blister contains one sterile IUD. // Expiry date is indicated on the package. When stored in a dry place // at room temperature the maximum shelf life is 5 years. // Cartons containing: 1 x 1 sterile Flexi-T // 10 x 1 sterile Flexi-T // art. nr. 125011 Rev. 04, Juli 2001"
Storage Room 0010
Little wear to box; instruction sheet creased at one corner; IUD in good condition; packaging opened; thin paper peeled away from plastic.
Inserted into the uterus to prevent conception; the polyethylene in the IUD is mixed with barium sulfate to make it visible on X-rays.
History of Contraception exhibit, Fraser-Armstrong 5, Kingston General Hospital; March 2004 - Case #3
This artefact is part of a set of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Weston L. Herriman, who was one of the first nine students who graduated in 1855 from the newly formed School of Medicine at the Church of Scotland-affiliated University of
Queen's College (1854, Kingston, Ont.). The nine senior students had transferred from the Anglican Upper Canada School of Medicine (Toronto) to the new school at Queen's.