Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) or obstetric hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in most low-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. PPH is defined as the loss of 500 mls or more of blood in the first 24 hours following birth. Approximately 2 percent of the annual 287,000 maternal deaths are due to PPH and typically occur due to complications during the third stage of delivery. Uteronic drugs to counteract PPH do not always work and are often not available in low-income countries. When PPH occurs far from health facilities with the necessary resources, chances of death increase.
LifeWrap International developed a neoprene compound that lasts longer than previous formulations to use with the LifeWrap NASG (non-pneumatic anti-shock garment). The LifeWrap NASG is a simple Neoprene and Velcro first-aid device. It looks like the bottom half of a wetsuit, cut into segments. The product is used to treat shock, resuscitate, stabilize and prevent further bleeding in women with obstetric hemorrhage. The purpose is to maintain blood pressure to the heart, brain, and lungs to keep a patient stable long enough for transport to a health care facility. According to the maker, the LifeWrap NSAG has proven effective in stabilizing patients for up to 3 days.
Working in conjunction with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Safe Motherhood Program, LifeWrap International donates a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of all LifeWrap NASGs to donate free LifeWraps to specific causes.