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Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies – Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBT) is a product of the Vayu Global Health Foundation designed in collaboration with the Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital. ESM-UBT (Figure 1) was developed to control Uncontrolled Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) in resource-poor settings.


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Figure 1. a) Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies – Uterine Balloon Tamponade (ESM-UBT) package. b) ESM-UBT package made of 8 components: 1/Instruction card, 2/2-way Foley catheters (retention catheters), 3/Condom, 4/Check valve for injection site, 5/O-Rings, 6/Povidone-iodine prep pads, 7/Catheter Holder, and 8/Syringe.

Each ESM-UBT package components is requires to meet the specifications listed below:

  1. Instruction card
  • Copyright 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital
  1. 2-way Foley catheters (retention catheters)
  • 24 French 5cc balloon (5mL balloon volume - 8.0mm body thickness - 16’’ length)
  • Have Double lumen for have a draining lumen (for condom) and a balloon. The condom’s valve should accept a separate check valve (Luer lock)
  • Made from Silicon
  • Sterile
  1. Condom:
  • lubricated surface
  • Made from latex
  • Classic straight shape and standard size with no color
  1. Check valve for injection site
  • One-way valve
  • Luer lock inlet accept the syringe
  • Outlet fit in the draining lumen of Foley catheter
  • Sterile
  1. O-Rings
  • Elastic
  • 5/8 inches (~1.5cm) internal diameter
  1. Povidone-iodine prep pads
  • Pads saturated by ≥10 povidone iodine solution
  • Medium size or bigger
  1. Catheter holder
  2. Syringe
  • 60mL volume
  • Injection site accept check valve (Luer lock)
  • Sterile