Infaclip, previously known as SafeSnip, is an obstetric device that simultaneously cuts and clamps the umbilical cord while reducing exposure to unintended bloodborne pathogens in areas where facilities are scarce.
Infaclip, previously known as SafeSnip, is a low cost device intended to prevent infection-related neonatal deaths in developing countries. The designers claim that it can be used in regions where home births are common and infants are susceptible to infections caused by unsanitary birth conditions. It is a three-inch disposable, plastic clamp that cuts, seals, and disinfects an umbilical cord in one step. The second step in the operation of the device is the separation of the two halves. After the cord is clipped, SafeSnip breaks in two, leaving one half of the device clamped onto the baby’s umbilical cord to seal the wound while the other is discarded.
This product has been developed and implemented by NOvate Medical Technologies, LLC, which is a New Orleans-based medical device development company focused on commercializing high-quality, low-cost medical products.
The product is in the development phase but the designers claim that SafeSnip would retail for under 1 USD
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
SafeSnip is produced by Novate Medical Company and is in the development stage in Galway, Ireland.
Applied for patent
The product is distributed by Novate Medical Company, which is a development stage medical device company in Galway, Ireland.
WHO specified guideline: clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface
SafeSnip is an obstetric device used to cut and clamp the umbilical cord simultaneously in the birthing process. The device is made from plastic and is safe in application to prevent neonatal mortality due to umbilical cord infections while reducing unintended bloodborne pathogen exposure. The design also makes it possible for the device to be used only once. Available solutions in the market do not have sterilized blades or clips provided in the medical kits, leading to infections. The device is mass produced using plastic polymer for retail under 1 USD. After the application, SafeSnip breaks in two, leaving one half of the device firmly clamped onto the baby’s umbilical cord to seal the wound while the other is discarded.
Provided by the manufacturer
The device is for single time use and does not have any replaceable components
The device is for single-time use
Designer specified performance targets include: safe, reliable, single time use, and low-cost.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer
Product should not be reused to avoid contamination
Product should be used by reliable healthcare professionals and midwives
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Dickinson, S. J., 1966, U.S. Patent No. 3,247,852, Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Kinmond, S., Aitchison, T.C., Holland, B.M., Jones, J.G., Turner, T.L., and Wardrop, C.A., 1993, Umbilical cord clamping and preterm infants: a randomised trial, Bmj, 306(6871), pp. 172-175.
The product is in the development phase and third-party field trials are currently being performed.
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