Updated on November 17, 2023


Created on September 26, 2019

SafeSnip (InfaClip)

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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.

Developed By
  1. NOvate Medical Technologies
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Product Description

Infaclip, developed by NOvate Medical Technologies (acquired by BTG International), 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.

Target Regions

Africa, Southeast Asia

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

This product has been developed and implemented by NOvate Medical Technologies, LLC, (acquired by BTG International), which is a New Orleans-based medical device development company focused on commercializing high-quality, low-cost medical products. 

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include PATH Safe Delivery Kit.

Manufacturing/Building Method

SafeSnip is produced by Novate Medical Company and is in the development stage in Galway, Ireland.

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

The product is distributed by Novate Medical Company, which is a development stage medical device company in Galway, Ireland.

Distributions to Date Status

None yet, in partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), Novate is requesting validation funding to develop a comprehensive training program and to evaluate the usability and effectiveness of SafeSnip in Nepal.

Guide type provided


Shelf life (years)


Six 'cleans' covered (Y/N)


Surgical components

Surgical clip only

Units per package


Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

The device is for single time use and does not have any replaceable components


The device is for single-time use

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include: safe, reliable, single time use, and low-cost.

Vetted Performance Status



Product should not be reused to avoid contamination

Complementary Technical Systems

Product should be used by reliable healthcare professionals and midwives

Academic Research and References

Collins, J.H. and Woodhead, R.G., 1989, U.S. Patent No. 4,856,517, Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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.

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

The product is in the development phase and third-party field trials are currently being performed.

Other Information


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