Wright Peak Flow Meter

IHPST · Stan Epstein Collection

Accession Number: 2019.ihpst.100

Description:

A black box with a leather carrying strap and a silver-coloured buckle contains a circular white and black instrument.

The instrument has a circular, glass-covered dial covering its top surface. The dial, marked in black lettering measured “peak expiratory flow rate” in litres per minute. A tubular opening protrudes from the left side of the instrument. A black-coloured element covers part of the left/ bottom quadrant of the instrument’s side. There are a series of concentric perforations at the bottom of the instrument.

The box includes a compartment that contains a teal-coloured plastic mouthpiece.

Primary Materials: Metal.

Markings:

Embossed on the bottom surface: “W7249”

Scratched onto the bottom surface is the following information: “Pulmonary Function Lab TWH.”

Dimensions (cm):

(Box) Height = 10, Width = 21, Length = 10. (Instrument) Max Diameter: 18.5, Height = 6.

Function:

A peak flow meter measures a person’s maximum speed of expiration in order to detect and to diagnose respiratory illness.

Condition:

Very good. There are some light abrasions on the bottom surface of the instrument. The case is slightly worn.

Manufacturer: AIRMED limited, Harlow England

Date of Manufacture: Early 20th century.

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 April 5th, 2019.

  • Donated to UTSIC