Medical aspirator pumps are small but functional suction machines. They are used in medical facilities to remove bodily fluids such as mucus from patients. Usually, aspirator pumps are high portable. This way, they can be used anywhere from nursing homes to ambulances, and from hospitals to hospices. Furthermore, they tend to run on both battery and AC/DC power. Manually operator aspirators have been used in the past. The most famous one was Potain’s aspirator, more on that later.
Aspirators for Clinical and Diagnostic Work
An aspirator is made up of a hollow tube, which connects directly to a vacuum and a pump. Through suction, the device is able to remove foreign bodies, tissue, and fluid from a patient. They are used in clinical settings, but also in home settings. They come in a huge range of different makes and models, which means their price can also range from around $350, all the way up to $3,000.
It is very important that, if you want to use an aspirator, you choose one that is right for your particular needs. It is best to speak directly to a provider or supplier so that you can discuss what you will be using the aspirator for. This service should be provided completely free, and you should be under no obligation to actually purchase the aspirator itself.
In some cases, you may have to demonstrate that you have training to use a certain aspirator. Alternatively, many suppliers can also provide training. Training can be beneficial for clinical staff, but also for people who need to use aspirators in their home.
One of the first aspirators, which was used manually, was the Potain aspirator. It was created specifically to remove gas and fluids from the body. Potain focused particularly on the pleural space, which is in the lungs. A complete set would hold an all metal, valved aspirator syringe, as well as a rubber bunged valve head. This head would then be attached to a collection bottle. It also came with various aspirating needles, connection tubing, and trocarred cannulas. Potain’s original machine came with a support frame and a container, both made from a nickel plated metal. This allowed the machine to be subjected to heat, for instance for sterilization.
The aspirator was manufactured well into the 1940s and used regularly on the battle fields of World War II. However, when the antibiotic era properly established itself, pleural gas and fluid problems were more often treated with medicine, not aspiration.
Potain himself was the Nekker Hospital’s Professor of Clinical Medicine. This hospital is based in Paris, France. Potain continued to work here until 1900. He died one year later. His machine revolutionized medicine and is credited with saving many lives. That said, the procedure was often incredibly painful for patients, particularly because it was so often used in emergency situations. And, because it was operated by hand, the consistency of the suction was often not very good. This is in sharp contrast to today’s electronic aspirators.