The Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) is a lightweight (1.5kg), washable and reusable first aid compression device to treat Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH). The garment, made of neoprene, is fastened with Velcro over a foam compression ball.
Once in place, the LifeWrap NASG applies enough circumferential counter pressure to decrease blood loss and reverse shock by increasing blood pressure to the heart, brain, and lungs. In so doing, it reverses hypovolaemic shock resulting from Obstetric Haemorrhage, and has proven effective in stabilizing patients for up to 3 days, while patients are transported to a health center with the ability to administer blood transfusions and provide definitive medical or surgical interventions. To date, it has been used on over 10,000 women in 33 countries.
The LifeWrap NASG applies circumferential counter pressure on the lower body and uterus which increases circulating blood to the heart, lungs and brain and decreases the rate of blood flow in the abdomen and pelvis, thus decreasing blood loss.
The LifeWrap NASG applies circumferential counter pressure on the lower body and uterus which increases circulating blood to the heart, lungs and brain and decreases the reate of blood flow in the abdomen and pelvis, thus decreasing blood loss.
The LifeWrap NASG has been widely used in countries such as India, Bangladesh and throughout low resource settings, where maternal death rates remain high. It has been successfully deployed to treat postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), often caused by uterine atony, and reduce hypovolemic shock through blood loss, leading to reductions in maternal mortality. VIA Global Health is committed to reducing maternal mortality rates, and guarantees the lowest in-country prices for the LifeWrap non-pneumatic anti-shock garment.
Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a complication of delivery and the most common cause of maternal death, accounting for about 35% of all maternal deaths worldwide. These deaths have a major impact on the lives and health of the families affected. PPH is commonly defined as a blood loss of 500 ml or more within 24 hours after birth, while severe PPH is defined as a blood loss of 1000 ml or more within the same timeframe according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
In India sample registration scheme (SRS), during survey of causes of death 1998, reported that PPH was a major cause of maternal mortality and responsible for 30 % of maternal deaths and according to SRS 2001-2003, PPH accounts 38 percent of maternal deaths. Estimates of maternal mortality ratio in India done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2003 also showed PPH as a leading cause of maternal mortality in study population.
PPH may result from failure of the uterus to contract adequately (atony), genital tract trauma (vaginal or cervical lacerations), uterine rupture, retained placental tissue, or maternal bleeding disorders. Uterine atony is the most common cause and consequently the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide.