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March 25, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
prs@jhu.edu


Helping Hands:
Student Invention Aids Birthing Process

In order to apply a modern solution to an age-old problem---knowing how much force to apply to a baby during a difficult delivery---a group of Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students have developed a nonintrusive device for measuring the force a doctor uses during the delivery process.

The wireless system allows the doctor to know precisely how much force is being applied during the delivery.

The system is already being tested at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where researchers hope it eventually will help them identify the safest delivery method for a complicated birth. The inventors believe their device also could be used as a teaching tool, helping obstetricians-in-training learn how to assess the amount of force they use during a routine delivery.

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For more information about the project, see this news release.

 

 

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