993.924.1: Sanborn Metabulator, c. 1960

Additional Images

993.924.1: Sanborn Metabulator.
Image No. 3781 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

A Sanborn metabulator, model 10, volts 115, cycles 60, amps 0.5. with an inbuilt recording compartment with paper roll to print paper chart; a barometer and thermometer dial; a carbon dioxide absorption chamber and an oxygen gas cylinder [B.P. Oxygen]. Serial number 8092. The metabulator is on wheels. A drawer facing towards the front contains a Sanborn metabulator scale set [used in-conjunction with a oxygen per min. & vital cap. scale]'; nose clamp; four rubber mouth pieces, two wrapped in gauze; spanner/handle; two foam cushions; note book with patient details. Also an instruction manual and mounting folder with replacement parts list and an instruction leaflet on installing the pin-index oxygen tank safety yoke. An engraved metal plaque attached to the metabulator reads 'MADE FOR OAKRIDGE CLINICAL LABORATORIES BY SANBORN COMPANY WALTHAM. MASS. U.S.A.'.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.924.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Clinical
Date: c. 1960

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 88.5 cm
  • Width: 64 cm
  • Depth: 35 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Metabulator
  • b) Metabulator scale set
  • c) Nose clamp
  • d) Spanner/handle
  • e) Mouth piece
  • f) Mouth piece
  • g) Mouth piece with gauze
  • h) Mouth piece with gauze
  • i) Foam cushion
  • j) Foam cushion
  • k) Note book
  • l) Jar holder in sealed bag
  • m) Scoop tool
  • n) Lever tool
  • o) Power lead
  • p) Instruction manual
  • q) Leaflet

Object Materials

  • card,
  • chrome plate,
  • copper alloy,
  • cotton gauze,
  • foam rubber,
  • ink,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • plasticised textile,
  • printing ink,
  • rubber,
  • steel,
  • varnish,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Sanborn Company
  • History of Use: This is a medical device that measures oxygen consumption in order to determine Basal Metabolic Rate [BMR].