Five CO2 gas cylinders, 1962-1963

Made:
1963 in England
maker:
Walter Kidde Company Limited
and
British Oxygen Company Limited

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Five CO2 gas cylinders which were used on powered upper limb prostheses. The bronze anodized, BOC cylinder, (containing
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Five CO2 gas cylinders used on powered upper limb prostheses. The bronze anodized, BOC cylinder, (containing 34 gm of gas) was the original type and first used in November 1962. This was replaced by the steel, grey Chesterfield cylinder in 1963. It was considered dangerous if incorrectly handled and was soon withdrawn. This type was then replaced by a (yellow DHSS) Walter Kidde cylinder containing 31 gm of gas.

Five CO2 gas cylinders used to powers artificial arms developed for use by children born with limb deformities due to the drug thalidomide. The bronze anodized, BOC cylinder was the original type, first used in November 1962. This was replaced by the steel, grey Chesterfield cylinder in 1963. It was considered dangerous if incorrectly handled and was soon withdrawn. This type was then replaced by a yellow DHSS Walter Kidde cylinder. The holster allowed attachment to a waist belt. For use in limbs made at the Limb Fitting Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, London, 1962-1963.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
1999-584
Measurements:
overall (EACH): 25 mm x 240 mm x 25 mm, 1.29kg
type:
gas cylinder, artificial legs, artificial limbs, disability, medicine, prostheses
credit:
Richmond Twickenham and Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust

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