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Birkmire de-fibrillator

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Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
Accession Number
997008031 a-b
Description
(a) Birkmire defibrillator built into a cloth-covered wooden case with a lid hinged by two hinges at the back and closed by two clasps at the front; between the two front clasps is a leather carrying handle (now broken off) and the bottom of the case has four round plastic feet to stand it up on; t…
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Accession Number
997008031 a-b
Collection
Hotel Dieu Hospital Dept. of Anaesthesia, Kingston Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Electric Countershock -- instrumentation
Cardiology -- instrumentation
Description
(a) Birkmire defibrillator built into a cloth-covered wooden case with a lid hinged by two hinges at the back and closed by two clasps at the front; between the two front clasps is a leather carrying handle (now broken off) and the bottom of the case has four round plastic feet to stand it up on; the inside lid of the case has a piece of paper with printed instructions; the inside right front of the case has a built-up rectangular-shaped powering unit; the top of this unit has power and impulse lights, an intensity bulb, an on/off switch and a push button; the back of the unit has two electrical cords coming out of it; one cord was to plug into an electrical supply; the other cord has an end which attaches to (b) two paddles, each attached to an electrical cord and joining together at a single plug; each paddle consists of a narrow rectangular bakelite handle onto which is attached a long cylindrical rubber-covered piece of metal; at the end of the metal rods, there is an attached piece of round flat metal which is covered at the front with cloth.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - defibrillator in case - Size: Length 34.8 cm. x Width 23.2 cm. x Depth 11.6 cm.
b - paddles - Size: Length 139.4 cm. x Width 14.2 cm. x Depth 2.6 cm.
Provenance
Purchased by and used at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Maker
Birkos, Incorporated, Manufacturers
Site Made (City)
Havertown
Site Made (State)
Pennsylvania
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1945
1955
circa 1945-1955
Material
wood: beige
metal: silver; yellow
plastic: black; red
glass: clear; black
rubber: red; black
fabric: black; off-white
Inscriptions
The inside operating instructions read, "BIRKMIRE DEFIBRILLATOR // Operating Instructions // [instructions follow] // BIRKOS, INCORPORATED, Manufacturers // FACTORY DISTRIBUTOR: H. S. OSBORN CO., 229 LINCOLN AVE., HAVERTOWN, PENNA."; the top of the inner powering unit reads, "BIRKMIRE DE-FIBRILLATOR // BIRKOS INC. // HAVERTOWN, PA."; individual lights, buttons and switches are labelled; the top of the carrying case has an attached piece of cloth tape with the word, "DE-FIBRILLATOR" written on it
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-J1-4
Condition Remarks
The defibrillator arrived very dirty and dusty; the case is in good repair with only one small tear in the cloth at the bottom; the leather handle is broken off; the cord leading to the electrical supply appears to be a replacement; the cloth covering the paddles is stained and one is torn; minor corrosion is visible on the front clasps; other parts of the defibrillator are complete and undamaged; #2: dusty; metal in good condition; scratches on sides; rubber gives off foul odour.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Reference Comments
Dr. Ray Matthews
Exhibit History
On exhibit in Museum gallery - Anaesthesia exhibit, Oct. 2 1997-Sep. 13, 1999; small exhibit upstairs in museum to Jan. 2004
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portable direct writing electrocardiograph

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Dates
1930
1939
circa 1930-1939
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
Accession Number
1969.6.1
Description
A large case divided into two partitions; one half given to a control panel with a plastic top: on/off switch, three controls, milliampmeter, and flexible cables; battery powered; writing instrument in a sliding compartment at the side; three electrode clamps (one missing).
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Accession Number
1969.6.1
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Electrocardiography, instrumentation
Cardiology -- instrumentation
Description
A large case divided into two partitions; one half given to a control panel with a plastic top: on/off switch, three controls, milliampmeter, and flexible cables; battery powered; writing instrument in a sliding compartment at the side; three electrode clamps (one missing).
Part Names
case - Size: Length 54.0 cm x Width 33.0 cm x Depth 23.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; owned by Dr. A. J. Kerwin of Toronto.
Maker
Wissenag
Site Made (City)
Basel
Site Made (Country)
Switzerland
Dates
1930
1939
circa 1930-1939
Material
plastic: light brown
wood: brown
metal: black; silver
Inscriptions
On a plate fastened to the inside of the box lid: "WISSENAG BASEL // PETERSGRABEN 33"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-I1-4
Condition Remarks
Damaged; #2: leatherette is peeling off the case; the plastic inside is cracked and broken.
Copy Type
Original
Research Facts
Used for direct recording by pen and ink.
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Sphygmograph recording paper

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Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
Accession Number
1976.5.5
Description
A cylindrical cardboard box with a lid containing a roll of recording paper.
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Accession Number
1976.5.5
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Physical Examination
Cardiology -- instrumentation
MM= Pulse -- sphygmograph
Description
A cylindrical cardboard box with a lid containing a roll of recording paper.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mr. Austin, administrator, Dept. of Pathology, Banting Institute; belonged to Dr. O. Klotz, chairman of the pathology labs at Banting Institute during the 1930s.
Maker
A. G. James Jaquet
Site Made (City)
Basel
Site Made (Country)
Switzerland
Dates
1870
1900
circa 1870-1900
Material
paper: white
cardboard: brown
Inscriptions
On top of box lid: "Fabrik für wissenshaftliche chronometrie // A.G. James Jaquet // Basel (Schweiz) // Sphygmotonographe, Sphygmocardiographe, // Sphygmochronographe, // Graphische Chronometer, // Chronoscope. // etc. // und Präzisionsmechanik"; translated: "Scientific chronometry factory A.G. James Jaquet Basel (Schweiz) Sphygmotonographe, Sphygmocardiographe, Sphygmochronographe, Graphical chronometer, chronoscope, etc. and precision mechanics"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E6-7
Dimension Notes
Length 7.4 cm x Diam. 10.8 cm
Copy Type
Original
Reference Comments
http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display?id=92214
Research Facts
Blood pressure is measured and recorded using a sphygmograph. It is strapped to the wrist. The pulse beat is transmitted to a lever which records it on smoked paper. The first efficient sphygmograph was designed by Étienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904) in 1863. This example belonged to Dr Robert Ellis Dudgeon (1820-1904). He was a prominent figure in homeopathy. Dudgeon also made his own changes to Marey’s original design. It was made by instrument maker J. Gauter in 1876. In the late 1800s, physiology teachers used sphygmographs to visually demonstrate blood pressure. Instruments such as this were also valuable diagnostic aids. They were the predecessor of the modern arm cuffs physicians now use to measure blood pressure.
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Stanicor cardiac pacer

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Dates
1970
1974
circa 1970-1974
Collection
Dr. Rocky O. West Cardiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
Accession Number
994007177
Description
Internal pacemaker; circular shape; inner mechanics potted in translucent yellow plastic casing; insert to top for wire; rubber-coated wire extending from insert; stainless steel nameplate to front; maker name and model information engraved to plate.
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Accession Number
994007177
Collection
Dr. Rocky O. West Cardiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Pacemaker, Artificial
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial -- instrumentation
Cardiovascular Diseases -- therapy
Cardiology -- instrumentation
Description
Internal pacemaker; circular shape; inner mechanics potted in translucent yellow plastic casing; insert to top for wire; rubber-coated wire extending from insert; stainless steel nameplate to front; maker name and model information engraved to plate.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at Kingston General Hospital.
Maker
Cordis
Site Made (City)
Roden
Site Made (Country)
Netherlands
Dates
1970
1974
circa 1970-1974
Date Remarks
Dr. Chiong's notes; original record had "early 1970s"
Material
plastic: yellow
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Engraved to nameplate: "Stanicor (R) // R-Wave Inhibited // Cardiac Pacer // Rate 70 // 143AA7-56575 // cordis (R) // Roden, The Netherlands"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E6-1
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.8 cm. x Width: 5.8 cm. x Depth: 2.4 cm.
Copy Type
Original
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Stanicor cardiac pacer

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Dates
1970
1974
circa 1970-1974
Collection
Dr. Rocky O. West Cardiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
Accession Number
994007178
Description
Internal pacemaker; circular shape; inner mechanics potted in translucent yellow plastic casing; insert to top for wire; rubber-coated wire extending from insert; stainless steel nameplate to front; maker name and model information engraved to plate.
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Accession Number
994007178
Collection
Dr. Rocky O. West Cardiology Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Cardiology
MeSH Heading
Pacemaker, Artificial
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial -- instrumentation
Cardiovascular Diseases -- therapy
Cardiology -- instrumentation
Description
Internal pacemaker; circular shape; inner mechanics potted in translucent yellow plastic casing; insert to top for wire; rubber-coated wire extending from insert; stainless steel nameplate to front; maker name and model information engraved to plate.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Used at Kingston General Hospital.
Maker
Cordis
Site Made (City)
Roden
Site Made (Country)
Netherlands
Dates
1970
1974
circa 1970-1974
Date Remarks
Dr. Chiong's notes; original record had "early 1970s"
Material
plastic: yellow
metal: silver
Inscriptions
Engraved to nameplate: "Stanicor (R) // R-Wave Inhibited // Cardiac Pacer // Rate 70 // 143AA7-54592 // cordis (R) // Roden, The Netherlands"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-E6-1
Dimension Notes
Length: 6.8 cm. x Width: 5.8 cm. x Depth: 2.4 cm.
Copy Type
Original
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