The Mona Robert oropharyngeal airway device is a metal piece used for keeping air passages open during anaesthesia. It is a flattened anatomically curved tube, holes at the side and the dorsal surface near the distal end of the tube, and a flange at the proximal end to prevent overinsertion. Used in applying anaesthetics for surgery or dental work on patients in mental health hospitals in Victoria, Australia, circa 1940

Physical Description

shallowly curved, wide flat stain steel tube, open at both ends. It has a slightly sorrugated, square plate (with one small oval hole, apart from the mouth hole) framing one opening. The other end has a round hole through top and bottom and oblong holes in each side as well as the open end of the tube.


Example of surgical equipment used in Victorian mental health hospitals

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