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'Five-Nine' incubator, England, 1970-1980

Vickers ‘Five-Nine’ incubator, by Vickers Medical, provides a controlled environment for premature babies. It maintains temperature, humidity and oxygen at uniform levels and within fine limits. It has an advanced circulation system for sensitive control and quick adjustment. ‘Five-Nine’ may refer to the medical profession’s previous idea that infants born weighing less than five pounds nine ounces were premature.

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Glossary: birth

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Glossary: incubator

A container in which environmental conditions can be maintained. When babies are born prematurely, they are placed in an incubator to maintain the correct temperature and humidity.