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Imagine the terror of not being able to breathe because your lung muscles are paralysed. You're gasping for air as the medical team slides you into something that looks ...

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What's An Iron Lung?

The coffin-like cabinet respirator—better known as the 'iron lung'—was the state-of-the-art in life support technology in the first half of the 20th century. The first iro...

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  1. What kind of patients it treated? Patients with ACUTE POLIO
  2. Why? Because patients with polio had symptoms of ACUTE MUSCLE PAR...

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Examples Of Iron Lung

The Smith-Clarke Baby cabinet respirator, with built-in pump was made at the request of a paediatrician, 1956-1970. It influenced the later development of incubators for babies.

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR THE PATIENT?

Going into an iron lung was a bewildering process for patients, many of whom were delirious and in extreme pain.

Life in an iron lung was difficult for both patient and carers. The numer...

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Is It Still Used Today?

Once an effective polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s, the incidents of polio infection fell dramatically and only a very few machines were needed in hospitals. But ...

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