Medical equipment data
Health topic Maternal mortality
Health classification Diagnosis


Project data
Location Virginia, United States
Status Clinical trial
Made? No
Replicated? No
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

Eclampsia accounts for about 40% of maternal mortality in low resource environments. This condition is characterized by high blood pressure and heightened protein in the urine. Identifying these stages early is essential for successful treatment. However, the tools for detecting blood pressure and analyzing urine are expensive and inaccessible for women in developing countries.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

Instead of testing blood pressure or urine, the momedemameter detects for edema, another indicator of pre-eclampsia and other pregnancy issues. The device is an elastic wrist or ankle band that detects swelling, starting at the 20th week of pregnancy. If the band becomes snug, the mother knows to see a doctor. This device is inexpensive, extremely easy to use, and allows women to monitor pre-eclampsia without waiting in line for checkups.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Virginia Commonwealth University led by Ashley Woodward

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

Trials at Obstetrics Clinics at VCU Medical Center

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

National Institute of Health

References[edit | edit source]

Peer-reviewed publications[edit | edit source]

Pawluk, D., Burch, D., Strauss III, J. F., Peng, T., & Woodward, A. (2009). The Momedemameter: An Affordable Preeclampsia Detector For Low Resource Environments. Journal of medical devices, 3(1), 014501. Retrieved November 13 2013 from here.

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Page data
Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment, Project
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being
Authors Kelly Wojcik
Published 2013
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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