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External Aortic Compression Device

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Treatment
Scope Clinical trial
Location Africa

Problem being addressed[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • Designed by:

Dr. Soltan from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Minia

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Other internally generated reports[edit]

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.

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