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Irving Urinary Receiver - Supra Pubic Urinary Drainage Cover/Receiver

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
Oval metal supra pubic receiver with two drainage outlets to enable urine to drain via an abdominal drain tube following a supra pubic cystoscopy and prostatectomy. This appliance was used to secure progressive healing and so keep the patient dry. It was held in place by a leather belt.
Size
10cm wide. 12.5.cm long
Object Registration
176.78
Historical information
The receiver/box was devised by Hamilton Irving an English general surgeon in 1907 as the supra pubic prostatectomy operation was being performed more frequently due to improvements in anesthetics and surgical techniques. Dissatisfaction with the results of the postoperative treatment as the dressings became saturated with urine which if left in contact with the skin it soon caused excoriation. This gave rise to the development of the apparatus with subsequent benefits to the patient.
When Made
circa 1930's
Significance
The receiver was said to be easy to apply, comfortable to wear and effective in keeping the patient dry and able to move freely in bed. It was essential to keep the supra pubic wound dry to keep it from ulcerating. Also the receiver would aid in the collection of urine for measurement as part of post operative management.
Inscriptions & Markings
Front of appliance has 'RAMSAY' inscribed as well as 'Wd 3'.
Last updated
28 Nov 2017 at 7:36AM