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'Swallowed objects' collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya

Foreign bodies extracted from the respiratory and digestive tracts of children are exhibited in the hospital corridor in Antalya. Coins, safety pins, quilting needles, sharpeners, nails, screws, batteries, pieces of nuts, play dough, pins, and magnets draw attention on boards reminiscent of a collection.

'Swallowed objects' collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya

Nearly 200 foreign bodies are exhibited on 2 boards hung on the wall at the entrance of the outpatient clinic of the Akdeniz University (AU) Hospital’s Pediatric Surgery. It surprises those who see the objects removed from the respiratory and digestive tracts of children. The covers of the boards in the corridor of the polyclinic, where 5 thousand patients are followed up per year, are kept locked. Among the objects on display, the most striking ones are coins, safety pins, quilting needles, sharpeners, nails, screws, batteries, pieces of nuts, play dough, pins, and magnets.

Swallowed objects collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya

 The display, which emerged 22 years ago with the idea of the doctors in the pediatric surgery department, is reminiscent of a collection in its current form. Talking about the exhibition, said to be aimed to prevent such accidents that could result in death, by raising awareness in families with babies and children, the Head of the Department of Pediatric Surgery of AU Hospital Prof. Dr. Gungor Karaguzel said that they received positive feedback from families. Noting that they add new foreign bodies to the boards entrusted to Prof.Dr. Mustafa Melikoglu, who has recently retired, Prof.Dr. Karaguzel advised families not to leave their children at the age of play alone.

Swallowed objects collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya

IMAGES OF SURGERY WERE SHARED

 Noting that they warn each family who comes for the examination to raise awareness in the society and that especially cheap toys made in China have safety problems. Prof.Dr. Karaguzel stated that hazelnuts in the Black Sea region and peanuts in the Mediterranean region are the most common nuts that get stuck in the respiratory tract.

Swallowed objects collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya

On the other hand, images of the last 2 surgeries performed in the pediatric surgery department were shared. The moments when the objects were removed from 2 children with pins and nuts in their respiratory tracts, were seen in the images.

Swallowed objects collection displayed in a hospital corridor in Antalya