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Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Treatment

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Location Virginia, United States
Made No
Replicated No
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. (2008). Uterine atony device design team. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 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)
Related 0 subpages, 1 pages link here
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Created January 14, 2013 by Eva Shiu
Modified May 2, 2022 by Felipe Schenone
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