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Bandage winding machine on a stand

From the Collection of Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives Old Monash Medical School Building, Ground Floor Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Road melbourne Victoria

Description
An open wooden frame supported by six small horizontal beams. At the top of the frame is a metal shaft and handle which holds a bandage. The frame is on a wooden stand.
Size
Width: 15.5 cm Length 20cm Height 17.5cm
Object Registration
183.110
Keywords
applying bandages, bandage winding machine. alfred hospital
Historical information
Circa 1905-1933.The bandage winding machine manually wound calico bandages for patient use. A sheet of calico was torn into strips of differing widths. The length was around 8 feet or 240 cm.
The bandage was wound around the handle shaft by hand initially to get purchase. Then the handle was turned until the bandage was tightly wound. Each bandage could be reused, after it was washed, dried and rewound on the machine.
When Made
Early 20th century
Significance
The bandage winding machine enabled a more effective use of a bandage on a patient, as the machine wound it more tightly than a hand rolled bandage thus allowing more effective bandaging.
Inscriptions & Markings
Under the wooden stand is written: Tutorial Dept. Alfred Hospital.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM