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Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Treatment

Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Complications can occur during childbirth and this leads to a need for instrumented delivery. While instrumented delivery is a way of assisting the mother to delivery her baby, this can cause additional complications. One such complication is obstructed labor, when the head of the fetal baby does not enter the birth canal when a mother is giving birth. When this occurs, either or both the mother and the fetus can die. Studies have shown that nearly one-fifth of maternal deaths in developing countries are a result of obstructed labor, especially in Africa, where an estimated 45% of pregnancy complications are associated with this complication. In the developing world, properly conducted instrumented deliveries can save the lives of both mother and child.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The Burnell Ventouse is a revolutionary, innovative product that decreases the complications that occur during assisted natural births. It functions through a tool called the ventouse, a cup that attaches to a baby's head through suction. Because of the suction, the baby can then be pulled into the birth canal, and helps avoid emergency surgeries during labor. The Burnell Ventouse is a promising invention for hospitals and clinics in the developing countries because of its low cost of production and simplicity in use.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Dr. Duncan Lockerby from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. Collaborators for the project include Cardiff University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Birmingham and the Gahini Hospital in Rwanda. Warwick Engineering students include Paul Davis and Daniel Lester.
  • It was made: at the Warwick School of Engineering, United Kingdom.

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Since 2008, researchers were in the process of seeking ethical approval for the trial with the first pending trial to be conducted in Rwanda.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

Funds were provided by NESTA (website here) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Lockerby, D. (2008). Assisted delivery in developing countries. Unpublished manuscript, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. Link available here.

Lockerby, D. (2011, October 11). Dr. Duncan Lockerby research projects. Link available here.

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Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
SDG SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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Created February 5, 2012 by Eva Shiu
Modified April 21, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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