Original communication| Volume 18, ISSUE 5, P598-602, November 1945

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A modification of the Gius-Racely portable suction apparatus

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      A suction device for gastrointestinal decompression has been described. It is an efficient, easily operated mechanism, which may be transported with the ease of a small handbag from ward to ward, in the hospital. It weighs Math Eq pounds. The parts required for construction should be available at any Army Air Force installation. It is primarily for use in cases of gastric and/or intestinal distention due to paralytic ileus or intestinal obstruction of the mechanical type. It also has been used effectively for pharyngeal suction after applying an appropriate suction tip. We feel that it would be ideal for use in air evacuation on patients requiring continuous suction, due to the fact that it is so compact and efficient. This apparatus may be used to decompress several patients simultaneously by inserting T-tube connectors at the appropriate sites (see Fig. 1).
      The device described is a modification of the suction apparatus described by Gius and Racely, and we acknowledge the stimulation which it provided in the construction of our machine. We feel that the pressure gauge and the shuttle pump are a decided improvement and though they add expense in construction, promote efficiency in operation.
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        • Gius John A.
        • Racely Clay A.
        A New Portable Suction Apparatus for Use With the Miller-Abbott Tube.
        Surgery. 1944; 15: 574