Vitalograph Spirometer

IHPST · Stan Epstein Collection

Accession Number: 2019.ihpst.97

Description:

A wedge-shaped electronic instrument coloured primarily white and black. On the left side of the instrument’s front face, there is a recess for holding the removable hand-held measuring part. The cylindrical measuring part is attached by a flexible cord to the main instrument. To the right of this recess, there is a small readout window. To the right of this, adjacent to the right side of the front face, there is a print output. Along the bottom edge of the front face, there is a row of buttons. A power cord is attached to the rear of the instrument.

A paper calibration report printout is taped to the front face of the instrument.

The instrument includes a grey dust cover, a partial role of printout tape, and an example printout from the instrument.

Alternative Name: Computerized Spirometer

Primary Materials: Plastic, Metal

Markings:

Various stickers on the bottom surface include the following information:
“Cat. No. 42.000″
Serial No. 53670

Canadian Standards Association, Special Inspection Service”
“A 2556466”
“File no. 56158[?]-15012-34”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 14.5, Width = 39, Length = 24.

Function:

Spirometry is a test to measure vital capacity in order to diagnose airway obstruction. A spirometer is an office instrument to provide a measurement of vital lung capacity.

This computerized pneumotach spirometer provides a data printout of its recording of a flow/volume curve measurement of a patient’s exhalation.

Condition:

Very good: The surface of the instrument is worn, especially at the corners where the surface has work away. There is some decolouration on the surface of the instrument.

The carrying handle at the front of the instrument has been broken off.

Manufacturer: Vitalograph Ltd., Buckingham, England.

Date of Manufacture: c. 1980s

Provenance:

This instrument was used in the office of Dr. Stan Epstein. It was acquired along with a collection of medical artifacts from his home on February 19, 2019.

  • Donated to UTSIC