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Old 02-29-2016, 10:40 AM
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Default When did on-board aspirators become common?

As members may or may not know, I have a 1961 Eureka-Cadillac "Hi-Boy" 54"Ambulance. http://www.professionalcarsociety.or...ad.php?t=18181 One thing that has struck me in particular after reading Mr. McPherson's "The Eureka Company: A Complete History" and trying to dig up every Eureka image I could online - is that none seem to have an on-board aspirator. It may be an oversimplification, or perhaps even an incorrect assumption - but my understanding is that Eureka was up there with S&S in terms of building "prestige" ambulances. Hence why so many seem to have ended up in the well-to-do areas of the Northeast, particularly New Jersey First Aid Squads. It seems unusual to me in retrospect, that you'd spend the money to have four outlets for oxygen - but no suction unit. Mine didn't have one as far as I can tell.

While it seems late 1950s and early 1960s literature from all the coachbuilders are a bit more sparse on that sort of detail - doesn't seem anyone else mentioned suction either... http://www.emsmuseum.org/virtual-mus...ction-Labs-Inc indicates the Rico aspirator came out in 1952. All the portable resuscitators of the time period (Pneolator, Handy, original E&J, Emerson, etc.) came with an oxygen-powered variant. My 1963 Pinner-Chrysler came with it from the factory. On the other hand, as many will likely hear more about, Dutchess County was very much ahead of the curve on prehospital care.

Was the Rico more of a late 1960s and later item, as I am starting to gather? Prior to then - I suppose the attendant would use the portable resuscitator's aspirator while en-route if need be?
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Nicholas, how's that Oldsmobile coming? Got any updated pictures to share?
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Afraid not, Shop told me they'd send some shots of the rear door being fixed. It's coming together slowly but surely.

But if I knew then what I knew now..............
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Afraid not, Shop told me they'd send some shots of the rear door being fixed. It's coming together slowly but surely.

But if I knew then what I knew now..............
I hear ya. Got a fortune invested in my Lifeliner never to see a positive return on it but the next owner will be very happy.

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:37 PM
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I am not sure when they became "standard" but I know going back to the sixties they were standard.
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Eureka were considered way ahead on styling. most of the suctions sources back then were engine vacuum. me 72 cb high top had one ported in the end of the left wheel well cover.
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Forgive the photo through glass, but note the Sklar glass suction bottle with metal holder mounted(?) to the top of the cabinet on the former Violetville VFD Chevrolet Carryall ambulance seen at the 2016 PCS meet in Gettysburg. These were components of the Sklar 100-65 aspirator pump (photo from recent eBay auction below), apparently directly hooked up with vacuum tubing to the engine manifold. I have a newspaper article from the early 1960s that states the Baltimore City Ambulance Course taught this technique and that local VFD's followed suit.

Maybe this was just a local thing? This was the first 1960s ambulance-carried aspirator that I've personally seen that was not a Rico RS-4 (or later RS-6 with hand-pump option) or an oxygen powered unit attached to a resuscitator unit. The common gray Laerdal electric unit came out in the late 1960s. I suppose a Sklar, Gomco, or similar electric aspirator could've been carried if you had an inverter outlet (My Eureka-Cadillac Hi-Boy does) Anyone else seen one like this on another unit - and better yet - have a photo?
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If Eureka put one on it would have been the manifold style. They would have a large storage container most likely under the floor and a port close to the gurney head.if the original squad installed there own it would have to have been mounted. But if it was a portable who can say. Carrying a. Big bulb was not all that unusual. The part that gets us mixed up is training today. That is were those old pictures with the equipment layer out are so informative.
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I hear ya. Got a fortune invested in my Lifeliner never to see a positive return on it but the next owner will be very happy.

What the hell, who needs to retire!
Richard are you telling us the Lifeliner is for sale?
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Richard are you telling us the Lifeliner is for sale?
It's been for sale on and off for years, depends on the day!!!!!
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