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Oldest Equipment
#26884 30/11/07 1:53 PM
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What's the oldest piece of kit that you look after? - I've just ppm'd a light source that was purchased in 1987!



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Rob1234 #26889 30/11/07 2:09 PM
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When I was in uniform we used to look after Picker field x-ray sets that dated back to the Korean War. So it should come as no surprise that when I got a couple out of their boxes and ran them up (this would have been in 1980, or thereabouts), I found that they had soft tubes, and were therefore useless. In fact we ended up condemning the lot of them (can't tell you how many - it's probably still a Big Secret)! smile


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Geoff Hannis #26892 30/11/07 2:54 PM
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Nebulisers - I seen a few that are as old as 16 years old and a few are still working! Mind you, any neb over 10 years old needing repair gets condemned.

Until recently we had a Lifepak 10 defib of 1990 vintage in use here!

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Jonathan Wells #26896 30/11/07 4:42 PM
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Cambridge Camtrace ECG monitors born 1979 still alive and bleeping. DD

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Double D #26900 30/11/07 5:07 PM
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Old fashioned Roberts suction pump with glass collection jar from God knows when.


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Kawasaki #26903 30/11/07 5:28 PM
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A few years ago, my colleague unearthed from a cupboard in the Theatres a 1950s vintage cauterisation iron set! It went straight to the medical museum!

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Jonathan Wells #27068 10/12/07 6:25 PM
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1980 Eschmann urology table, still in great shape - it only works every time!

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TWS #27069 10/12/07 7:17 PM
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Well, if we're going to talk operating tables, I know where there's a Matburn Model M (circa. 1978) still in use at a well-known London hospital. Also in fine shape, especially after I'd PM'd it! smile

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Geoff Hannis #27070 11/12/07 9:42 AM
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Whilst at GOSH a few years ago the infection people wanted us to replace the paed neuro operating chair as the padding was taped up. It is a very specialist piece of kit where the patient sits in the chair and the surgeon sits behind them and cuts the top of their head off. But the chair was a special small one for kids.
Needless to say no-one makes such specialist kit.
We hunted around and found a plate saying that this was made as a special one off in the 50s. Pre CE marking so you could do that.
I presume it is still in use as no company was prepared to make a special one in todays well regulated market - at a sensible cost.
Robert


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RoJo #27072 11/12/07 10:01 AM
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We still look after a Dawe Sound level meter Model 1405C - circa 1973 (still accurate too!) & a Matburn VP12 Suction machine, circa 1977.
If they still do the job, why replace them ?
Thankfully, replacement criteria (age) applies to equipment - not the Engineers / techs who look after it!


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