There is a definite need for an inexpensive, easy to operate, foolproof apparatus to provide suction of the Wangensteen type. The last two desiderata are provided by machines now obtainable from surgical supply houses, but the item of expense prevents most hospitals from possessing as many machines as they would like to have.
The accompanying illustration shows a suction apparatus inexpensive and easily constructed, simple in design and convenient in operation. This apparatus embodies a new principle, in that both bottles are kept in the inverted position, making the connections and operation simpler.
The construction, briefly described, is as follows: The stand is made from 1 inch (2.5 cm.) pipe and is 5½ feet (167.6 cm.) high; the base is 22 inches (55.8 cm.) wide. The center of the base employs a "cross with side outlet." The wheel at the top is a clothesline pulley, obtainable at most hardware stores.
Myers EE. AN EASILY CONSTRUCTED WANGENSTEEN SUCTION APPARATUS. JAMA. 1941;116(7):591. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820070001009
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