Pediatrics : From Infants to Adolescents
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Object Name:
Exchange Syringe
Date of Manufacture:
Mid–20th Century
Description / History:
Rhesus Factor, commonly known as RH factor, an inherited antigens that is found on the surface of erythrocytes (red blood cells). An Rh factor is an incompatibility of blood type between the mother and her fetus, when the fetus is Rh positive and the mother is Rh negative. This can cause problems during pregnancy because the antibodies from the mother can cross the placenta and attacks and destroy the fetus' Rh positive red blood cells; which could lead to hemolytic anemia. Hemolytic anemia is the condition which the red blood cells are being destroyed faster than they can be replaced.
As the pregnancy term progresses the risk of Rh increases. Rh diseases could result in stillborns, jaundice, anemia, and brain damage. Thanks to modern medicine the risk of Rh disease could be reduced by injecting Rh immunoglobulin into the mother.
This mid–twentieth century blood transfusion set. The set includes a dual chamber syringe, needles, and a metal case. It is an apparatus used to exchange body fluids (blood transfusion) for the baby.
H–3.5 W–1.5 L–9 inches
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