Medical and lab bags  

It's not just the transportation industry that needs a reliable way of transporting noxious semi-liquids. Hospitals provide patients with disposal bags. Ambulances keep bags handy for patients who are already ill, and for passengers who get carsick during an emergency trip. Laboratories that test your bodily fluids for nasty diseases do too. So do labs that tell farmers how much manure to spread on the land. Their bags are remarkably similar to our beloved airsickness variety. Here are a few.


Amedis Propy

Is this a barfbag, a sanitary bag, a lab bag, or an ambulance bag? Or all of the above? The little diagrams on the bag imply a tiled background - as in a toilet. But this bag is a tad sturdy to be made available in public conveniences.

The name Laboratoires Amedis implies a lab - which is why it appears here.

Thanks to Niek Vermeulen (2005)


Bedside disposal bag

American hospital bag that makes it unnecessary for visitors to bring flowers.

Thanks to Bruce Kelly. (2002)


Bedside disposal bag (Hospeco)

This bag even has instructions on how to remove the backing from the sticky tape: "Bend bag sharply at tape corner. Peel backing and adhere firmly to clean surface."

Hmm. There should be plenty of clean surfaces in a hospital.

Thanks to Steve Silberberg. (2004)



Features a choice of Frozen, Refrigerate or Room Temp. Strange no barfbag manufacturer has thought of adding this to their bags...

Thanks to Bruce Kelly. (2002)


Burn without opening

But not while on board, please?

Thanks to Thorsten Hecht and Gerd Lang. (2005)


Europe Sols

No, I don't think this French laboratory flies planes, or drives trains, buses or boats. But this bag was sent to me by Kard-o-Pak when I asked this German bagmaker for sickness bags. Perhaps Europe Sols works with nauseating chemicals? 

No, says Barbara Kneiding, who works in a similar lab: they use these bags to hold the samples they're testing. Blood, stool, urine and whatnot, all packaged in little airtight containers. Write the patient's name and code number in the space provided, and send it off down to the parasitology lab to test for malaria... 

Bag kindly supplied by Kard-o-Pak. (2001) 


dres. med Wisplinghoff und Partner

The next four bags are all from a lab in Cologne that analyses your blood, faeces, urine, and other unmentionables, and then tells you what you're about to die of. This one is designed to hold screw-top plastic containers containing the samples.

Thanks to Bärbel Kneiding. (2001)


Laborgemeinschaft Köln-Süd

Here's a similar bag to serve the doctors of southern Cologne: it holds the stool samples of their patients -- not those of the good doctors themselves. 

Thanks to Bärbel Kneiding. (2001)


Lara Europe Analyses

Same look and feel as Europe Sols, only a different design and in pink.

A trip to the website answers the obvious question: Lara Europe Analyses est le fruit de la fusion de Europe Sols et de Laboratoire Lara .

Thanks to Rilana Schmidt (2005)


Nach Gebrauch schließen

...und auf den Boden stellen.

Though I wonder if it wouldn't be a better idea to hand it to the crew to avoid spillage as your ambulance veers round a corner at high speed?

From an ambulance in Röddenau, Hessen, in Germany.

Thanks to Monika Güttinger via Ute Künstler (2005)


Swiss ambulance bag

An innovative design. Puke into this plastic bag, then twist and clip the bag into one of four notches in the circular collar. Neat, hygienic and easily disposable. All it lacks is an airline logo.

Thanks to Wolfgang Franken. (2002)


One of the more scientific emesis containers I have come across in my many years of collecting.

This item comes in an attractive envelope packed with detailed instructions on how to open, use and close the bag.

The bag itself incorporates a handy card funnel to channel hazardous waste away from the environment and into a clear plastic tube, where it can be observed at leisure.

There's even a scale so you can measure the amount of vomit, urine or excreta that you or your loved ones have deposited in the bag.

The instructions are all in English and French. It either comes from Canada, or perhaps from that other bastion of Anglo-French bilingualism, a cross-Channel ferry.

Thanks to Bruce Kelly for this fine item. (2005)



Wisplinghoff: Antwort

A bag to send through the mail -- something like Qantas's photo processing bags, only for faeces rather than photos.

Thanks to Bärbel Kneiding. (2001)


Wisplinghoff: Eilfälle

If you have an emergency case of airsickness, drop it in this bag and courier it to the Wisplinghoff lab.

Thanks to Bärbel Kneiding. (2001)

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