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April 24, 2013

The period between birth and the first week of life is one of the most treacherous for a newborn and its mother, and in low-resource settings the high risk of infection compounds the dangers to both. One of the more common threats to newborns, particularly in these settings, are umbilical infections, which render a newborn’s umbilical cord both a line to life and an anchor for deadly infection.

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April 23, 2013

Simply put, the world needs many more frontline health workers. If we’re looking for an approximate number it would be adding 350,000 to global health efforts through 2015. Seems like an attainable goal, right? Not so fast… the job description isn’t glamorous, low pay (if any pay at all), and nearly zero benefits. People are hardly clamoring to dive into a vocations with a notoriously high burnout rate.

anti shock garment, NASG, LifeWrap, Hauswald, Nepal
April 15, 2013

A bicycle inner tube? Where were we on this? Well to continue the story, in 2009 Drs. Mark Hauswald, Nancy Kerr and colleagues published in the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. Their findings were on an improvised pneumatic anti-shock garment. At that stage, the device was three inner tubes, one around each leg and one around the pelvic area. The tubes were pumped up to 45 psi. They found that both the improvised (bike tire) device and the non-pneumatic anti shock garment decreased distal aortic blood flow but that the improvised device decreased it by a higher margin.

CAPP, NASG, pressure device, tire device
April 11, 2013

We've been following the MOM-CAPP device with great interest. Since we are already fans of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment, how could we not be intrigued by a potentially faster/better version, a pneumatic anti-shock device, that could be locally made?

So let's first cover the definitions-- pneumatic means that the clinician pumps up the device (in this case with a bike pump) while non-pneumatic means.. no pumping involved.. just pressure from the tightness of the velcro and the ball built into the NASG which presses against the abdomen.

It occurs to me here that if our ancestors had come up with a simple pressure device to stop postpartum hemorrhage around the time they came up with the wheel we would be in a lot better shape today as a society. In any case...

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April 11, 2013

Last night while I was dutifully scouring the web in search of the latest news relevant to our mission here at Maternova, I was taken aback by an article describing the recent suicide of a 17 year old girl in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rehtaeh Parsons was only 15 when she was gang raped by four boys at a friend’s home. After the attack the boys thought it would be fun to send photos of the rape across the social media landscape. A full two years later, after being relentlessly harassed and bullied, she hung herself in her family home. The boys have yet to be brought to justice due to ‘insufficient evidence’. Are photos not recognized as evidence in any court?

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