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The device functions by clamping down on the umbilical cord and cutting it using pressure. One half of the device stays firmly on the side with the baby to seal the wound, and the other half is discarded. The two parts of the clamps are sterilized before they are used.
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SafeSnip is a three-inch plastic disposable and degradable device that cuts, seals, and disinfects umbilical cords in a simple, one-step procedure. SafeSnip breaks in to two after being used to cut the cord such that one half of the device remains clamped onto the baby's umbilical cord to seal the wound while the other can be discarded. Its symmetric design and multiple safety features minimize misuse and shorten the delivery process. It would also retail for under $1, offering an inexpensive yet effective means for safe umbilical cord severance in developing nations.
  
 
==Designed by==
 
==Designed by==

Revision as of 19:36, 14 January 2013

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Health Topic Child mortality
Classification Preventative
Scope Prototype
Location Africa, Asia, South America

Problem being addressed

Many infections result from improper umbilical cord care and wound treatment, especially in regions such as southeast Asia and Africa where home births are common. The SafeSnip device makes umbilical cord disposal safer, easier, and more sanitary.

Detailed description of the solution

SafeSnip is a three-inch plastic disposable and degradable device that cuts, seals, and disinfects umbilical cords in a simple, one-step procedure. SafeSnip breaks in to two after being used to cut the cord such that one half of the device remains clamped onto the baby's umbilical cord to seal the wound while the other can be discarded. Its symmetric design and multiple safety features minimize misuse and shorten the delivery process. It would also retail for under $1, offering an inexpensive yet effective means for safe umbilical cord severance in developing nations.

Designed by

  • Designed by: Graduate students at Tulane University
  • Production: This device is not currently in production and has not yet been picked up by a manufacturing company. NOvate Medical Technologies is pursuing ways to make production possible. Website available here.

When and where it was tested/implemented

This device was tested in 2008.

Funding Sources

  • Tulane University
  • NOvate Medical Technologies

References

Internally generated reports

Brannon, K. (2009). Students’ Invention Aids Safe Childbirth. Link available here.

Externally generated reports

SafeSnip for umbilical cord. (2011). Maternova. Link available here.

IP and copyright

The patent belongs to William Kethman, Bryan Molter, Stephanie Roberts, Mark Young, and David Rice of Tulane University.