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Polio Macintosh blade (1950s)

Created: 15/7/2004

The blade is mounted at 135 degrees to the handle. This equipment was originally designed to facilitate intubation in patients encased within iron lung ventilators during the polio epidemic. It is also useful in patients with barrel chest, restricted neck mobility or breast hypertrophy. These blades are more popularly used in conjunction with a short ‘stubby’ handle.


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