Film: 5281

Medicine | 1940 | Sound | Colour


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Anonymous child with severe burns. Sources of infection (diagram). Aerial view of burns unit, Birmingham General Hospital. 1940's

Description of ventilation in unit. Shots of vents, filters etc. Motorized valves to monitor temperature. Ceiling air-distributors and lights. Inclined plane manometer. Operation of airlock system. service. Matches to sterilising room. Taking air-samples from unit, using blood-agar. Cleaning sink. Dressing procedure outlined using model people (!). Team growning-up. Shoes covered with canvas. Preparation of instruments. Nurses make bed in ward in hospital whilst patient sleeps. Preparation of patient. Mask, headgear etc. Removing dressing from patient's leg. Swabs of wounds taken. Application of penicillin cream. Wound dressed (gauze, wool, bandaging). Re-preparation of unit. Next patient brought in. Scientist analyses swabs with agar plates. Writes out relevant prescriptions and report. Child's buttocks, burned. After healing. Child with very badly burned body. Illustrates absence of ill-health. Man's arm after graft. Another patient with deformed hand due to infection. Child with scarred torso, giggles. Hands contracting to show effective healing.

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