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Mechanical Uterine Clamp

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Treatment
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America

Problem being addressed[edit]

Uterine atony, a loss of uterine muscle tone after cesarean birth, affects more than three million women each year. It can lead to potentially fatal postpartum hemorrhage, and treatment in low-resource clinical setting is often inadequate.

Detailed description of the solution[edit]

The Mechanical Uterine Clamp applies three different levels of compression to the uterus after a cesarean section. This device is simple to use and an inexpensive alternative to uterine massage.

Designed by[edit]

  • Designed by: This device was designed by a team of five engineering students at the University of Virginia through a course offered by Timothy Allen, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. These students are: Kimberly Everett, Vinu Ilakkuvan, Lara Wooten, Katie Youell and Kathryn Barbante. PDF available here.
  • Manufacturer location: The University of Virginia, USA

Funding Source[edit]

This project received funds ($16,100) from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in 2008. Link available here.


Other internally generated reports[edit]

University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. (2009, Spring). Reducing the risk of caesareans. Retrieved January 6, 2013. PDF available here.

Externally generated reports[edit]

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. (2008). Uterine atony device design team. Retrieved January 6, 2013. Link available here.