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Of the 9.7 million childhood deaths that occur annually, many are preventable and 99% occur in the “developing” world. While health systems, healthcare workers, infrastructure and supply of drugs receive much attention, only recently has there has been recognition of a critical gap in need-driven technology and equipment in providing quality care.
PET have designed and developed the wind-up fetal heart rate monitor - and it's already saving lives. The PET fetal heart rate monitor easily and accurately counts the fetal heart rate during labour, identifying when a fetus is not receiving enough oxygen and may die or suffer brain damage. Many deaths can be saved and many cases of brain injury avoided by better fetal monitoring in labour.
The Doppler ultrasound fetal heart rate monitor is a device to easily and accurately count the fetal heart rate while the mother is in labour. A slowing of the fetal heart rate towards the end of a uterine contraction is a very important way of identifying a fetus that is not receiving enough oxygen and may die or suffer brain damage.
In South Africa 20 000 infants are stillborn annually, while a similar number of liveborn infants die soon after birth. Many of these deaths could be saved and many cases of brain injury avoided by better fetal monitoring in labour. Commonly used current methods are either too expensive, too inaccurate or rely on replaceable batteries or mains electricity. Hence the need for an innovative power independent monitor.
The fetal heart rate monitor is manufactured by Ultrasound Technologies (an established medical company in Wales). This device meets European regulatory standards and is now in production
The goals of The goals of PET are entirely humanitarian and non-commercial. They are to identify and prioritise the need for appropriate medical devices, conceptualize and oversee the design specifications and coordinate the research and testing of devices in low resource settings
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