External Aortic Compression Device
|Health Topic||Maternal mortality|
 Problem being addressed
Post-partum hemorrhage is the cause for 8% of direct pregnancy-related deaths in industrialized countries and 25% of maternal deaths in the developing world. In trauma patients, hemorrhagic shock is the second most frequent cause of death.
 Detailed description of the solution
The external aortic compression device, also known as the EACD, consists of a strong metal spring, cylindrical in shape, covered with leather. It has a height of 12 cm (5 cm when compressed), diameter of 8 cm, and a net surface area of 22.3 cm2. It is fixed in place by a leather belt wrapped around the waist. When not in use, it is held compressed and fixed with Velcro™ straps. When the straps are released the spring will open and the desired pressure (103.5 mm Hg/cm2 (30 kg)) on the abdominal wall is achieved in order to stop bleeding.
 Designed by
- Designed by:
Dr. Soltan from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Minia
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 When and where it was tested/implemented
 Funding Source
 Peer-reviewed publication
 Other internally generated reports
Soltan, M.H., et al., External aortic compression device: The first aid for postpartum hemorrhage control. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 2009. 35(3): p. 453-458.