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The Non-Pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG): Saving Mothers’ Lives Through Innovation


This report describes the use of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) in Timor-Leste. The garment is a low-technology basic first-aid pressure device that is reducing maternal mortality rates by stabilizing bodily shock during postpartum hemorrhage. NASG helps to reduce maternal deaths in settings where definitive care is not immediately available. JSI's Timor-Leste Health Improvement Project (HIP) promoted use of the NASG intervention in three phases: training, PPH kit distribution, and monitoring for decision making.

Of the 46 cases where NASG was used during this study, all of the women suffering from postpartum hemorrhage survived. Evidence to date shows NASG to be an effective tool in stabilizing hemorrhaging women during delays in reaching care. The non-pneumatic anti-shock garment has proven essential in resource-limited countries particularly challenged by delays in reaching definitive care. JSI, 2015.

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