Both Tank Respirator (Iron lung) in ACHHA collection at Rockhampton Heritage Village
Title Both Tank Respirator (Iron lung) in ACHHA collection at Rockhampton Heritage Village
Description Photograph of a Both Tank Respirator ('Iron Lung') in the ACHHA equipment collection in the Country Hospital Museum at the Rockhampton Heritage Village. The respirator was presented to the Rockhampton Hospital by Lord Nuffield in 1938. It was recently in working order but currently has a split air hose. The respirator consists of a 'tank' in which the patient is placed with a flexible sealing collar around the neck. The tanks is connected by a hose to the cylindrical bellows on the lower right hand side of the photograph. As the electric motor operates the bellows, air is drawn out of the tank, lowering the pressure so that the patient's lungs expand, drawing air through the nose and throat ie the patient breathes in. As the pressure is allowed to rise to atmospheric pressure, the lungs are compressed, thus causing the patient to breathe out.
Image Number 24
Publisher Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc
Source (Original) Photograph taken by Errol Payne
Subject Country Hospital Museum
Subject Iron lungs
Coverage - Spatial Heritage Village, Rockhampton, Queensland
Coverage - Time 06 January 2008
Format of Original Photograph image: col (2.2 MB 2000x3008 pixels)
Digital Format image/jpeg
Rights This image is provided for the purpose of private study and research and must not be reproduced without the permission of the Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc.

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