Borrowing from the Battlefield

Tourniquets and other forms of wound compression can’t be used to stop postpartum hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal death for new mothers in developing countries, so a team of researchers from Oregon Health & Science University looked to the battlefield.

Maria I. Rodriguez, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and her team adapted the use of highly compressed medical sponges—a technique used by the military and in trauma settings—to quickly stem obstetric bleeding in low-resource settings.

After promising initial results, reported in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, they are preparing for a Phase 1 clinical study.

Source: Oregon Health & Science University

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