On International Women's Day, we are excited to announce Maternova’s newest addition to our groundbreaking obstetric and neonatal health products: the CRADLE. The CRADLE Vital Signs Alert is the first device specifically designed to measure heart rate and blood pressure for pregnant women. There have been extensive trials and field testing that have proven both the effectiveness of the VSA, and the ease of use in low-resource settings. It has also been approved by the World Health Organization and was recognized as one of thirty high impact innovations in global health by a PATH-led award.
Needless to say, we are thrilled to be the distributor of Vital Signs Alert and begin spreading this high-impact innovation. Three of the most common causes of death during pregnancy are severe bleeding, infection, and blood pressure disorders, all of which are correlated with abnormal vital signs. More specifically, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia cause 10-15% of all maternal deaths, and high blood pressure is the most telling symptom. Pre-eclampsia can be managed with medication until the baby is delivered, after which symptoms usually resolve.
However, preeclampsia cannot be managed if it is not detected. Using the VSA, it is easy to see if a pregnant woman has abnormal vital signs and requires further attention. A unique feature facilitating the ease of use is the traffic signal warnings (red, yellow and green lights to indicate risk level), so even if the device is not used by a medically trained health worker, it will be easy to tell if a pregnant woman is at risk.
Now as a next step, we ask what could be done to lower the costs of the implementation of the E-MOTIVE bundle? The most obvious answer is to consider displacing the tens of thousands of disposable plastic drapes with a purpose-built reusable device.
Fortunately one of the obstetricians involved in the E-MOTIVE study, Dr. Justus Hofmeyr, had been innovating around this very issue, designing a tray with wells that could fit under a woman’s buttocks, collect and accurately measure the. blood. This tray, theMaternaWellTraywas conceived as a device that could be sterilized and reused, and is manufactured in South Africa by Umoya.
The Pumani bubbleCPAP was designed to meet this need for Malawi and is now widely available through Maternova. We had a few questions about post-research phases of the Pumani bubbleCPAP which we posed to Jocelyn Brown, inventor of the Pumani bubbleCPAP, and Molly McCabe, Director of Product Management.