Indwelling Catheter

Production date
Circa 1970s
New South Wales
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Object detail

D8-19 DwellCath indwelling catheter in original packaging. Steel catheter with glass protective covering in cardboard support inside sealed sterile pouch with transparent front face. Instructions for use written in green lettering on the back of the pouch.
Production date
Circa 1970s
L197 x W70 mm
<On cardboard insert and outside packaging> TUTA
<On cardboard insert> DWELLCATH D8-19 \ Sterile, Disposable \ Intravenous Catheter <plus catheter specifications>
History and use
This DwellCath indwelling catheter is in original packaging. It is of the style used by the Red Cross blood transfusion service ca.1970s. The catheter is part of QM's Red Cross collection.

The Red Cross commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to WW1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen. The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening soon after. The Australian Red Cross ‘Blood Bank’ continues to be Australia’s primary service for the collection and supply of blood products.

The QM Red Cross collection objects are dated between 1936 and 1972. They provide material of socio-cultural interest – including personal stories and donor reward badges – as well as scientifically significant medical instruments and products.
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