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Nicholas Studer
09-30-2014, 07:12 PM
Thought this might be of interest to the group as well. Available by 1950 at least, the Scott Aviation Demand Inhalator was sold into the 1960s.

You can see it pictured as an available option in the 1967/1968 S&S Brochure posted at http://www.professionalcarsociety.org/forums/showpost.php?p=78238&postcount=13 .

Here's a news story from the Wilmington News on July 1, 1950. http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/60913024/

Lukens-Reynolds Has New Inhalator Walter I Reynolds;, owner of Luken's-Reynolds Funeral Home, announced Saturday that the funeral home has purchased a new Scott “Demand Inhalator” to be used as part of their ambulance service. Designed by the Scott Aviation Corp. in Lancaster, N, Y., the new inhalator is the latest thing in this type of device. One of the main features of the new inhalator is that excess positive pressure is impossible as the flow of oxygen is controlled automatically as demanded by the patient. Reynolds said it is available whenever and wherever needed. This supplementary oxygen will be particularly useful in cases of drowning and suffocation or where persons are suffering from asthma or a heart condition

The Norris Funeral Home in Marcellus, NY ran advertisements in the local paper that its ambulances had this device (NEW!) for about 3 years from 1956-1958 at least. http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper4/Marcellus%20NY%20Weekly%20Observer/Marcellus%20NY%20Weekly%20Observer%201956%20-%201956%20Grayscale.pdf/Marcellus%20NY%20Weekly%20Observer%201956%20-%201956%20Grayscale%20-%200077.pdf

The March 17, 1953 edition of the Progress-Index in Petersburg, VA http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/47731182

Inhalator Put On Ambulances Modern Equipment Provided By Gould For Public's Benefit (Hopewell Bureau) A Scott Demand Inhalator has been added to the Gould Funeral Home ambulance service, Ray Gould said today. Gould pointed out the addition of oxygen to the ambulance is the result of "three years of observation of the needs of the area which I am serving." It has been our continuous goal to offer to the medical profession end .the public the best of service and equipment available. The Scott Demand Inhalator is well known among the,members of the medical profession as it has proven its ability continuously in tests made by the Medical Division of. Scott Aviation Corp., of Lancaster, N. Y;, as well as in actual patient experience. "This unit has been installed at the head of our two ambulance cots and is always available whether it be in the patient's home or while "transporting a patient to the hospital. A qualified person will respond to all calls with this unit." According to the announcement, the unit is "on demand" type and thus will operate in harmony with the individual patient's respiratory cycle.

And, with the Fire Dept. of Maryville, TN on October 27, 1955 - "The city approved the purchase of the fire departments fist Type B Scott Demand Inhalator, complete with case and extra set of tanks. The total price was $ 188.00." http://www.maryvillegov.com/fire-history.html

I think the neatest thing about this device is the close resemblance in design, function, and appearance to aircrew oxygen systems, which it is most certainly a close offshoot of. Then and now, portable bottles/mask setups like this unit are carried on smaller aircraft in particular.

I picked up one recently. It has a lot of white paint spray (little drops everywhere) on it's black vinyl case. My MSA Portalator had some on it too. Both came from industrial settings from what I can tell. While the Portalator cleaned up well - this one didn't. It's far worse on the top. I don't know what to do on the Scott's Vinyl(?)-wrapped wood construction that wouldn't wreck it. Photos below.

Wayne Krakowski
09-30-2014, 10:36 PM
Just like myself and other elder medics,that's a relic.

Ron Devies
10-01-2014, 10:09 AM
I remember so well, including the backache from carrying the thing around.