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Location Virginia, United States

Medical equipment data
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Treatment
Project data
Made? No
Replicated? No
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Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment, Project
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being
SDG09 Industry
innovation and infrastructure
Authors Evashiu
Published 2013
License CC BY-SA 3.0
Language English (en)
Page views 129

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.