Odon Device: a simplified way to deliver babies when labor is prolonged.

Odon Device is finally ready for sale and worldwide distribution: the history, features and a possible tipping point in Obstetrics.

Jorge Odon is a mechanic and seems to have linked his name to the advancement of modern Midwifery

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With the Odon Devices, Doctor (or Midwife) slips a plastic bag around the head of the fetus, so grab it inflates and pulls the bag until the child emerges.

with a truly original idea.

It is said that everything is started after watching a video on YouTube also became famous; a video that showed the method to extract a cork fell in a bottle.

Mr. Odon soon began to do experiments in her kitchen as the womb using a glass jar and as a child hindered in the birth of a daughter’s doll.

Consisting of some sort of plastic bag with double cavity, attached to an applicator of the same material, the Odon Device wraps very delicate fetal head helping to slide more smoothly along the vaginal walls.

This device which had in the meantime the official recognition of the WHO and some of the most important scientific societies is now close to commercialization and will surely revolutionize obstetric care in the difficult parts, and in particular those characterized by the extension of the so-called second stage. All this happens to almost 300 years since the introduction of forceps and 100 from the vacuum extractor, techniques that have repeatedly shown their limits and dangers.
About 10 percent of the 137 million births worldwide each year have potentially serious complications. About 5.6 million children are born dead or die soon after birth, and about 260,000 women die each year in childbirth.
A difficult labor can occur when the baby’s head is too big, the contractions are scarce or when the mother is tired and this device (Odon Device) called with the name of its inventor has amply demonstrated in preliminary studies conducted in Argentina and Africa to be truly effective in these cases. Most important: It is also easy to use and inexpensive.
As it begins its production, there will be advantages mainly in developing countries where the lack of operating theatres determines a wider maternal and fetal mortality. But even in developed countries there will be a lower recourse to Caesarean Section and to use of other vaginal operative techniques (forceps and vacuum).
Fewer infections, less bleeding, less use of forceps and cesarean section, no risk for mother and the fetus. In fact it seems that Odon Device has the potential to reduce the global risks related to childbirth.
However, those who practice obstetrics knows that one of the most dramatic situations in the delivery room is still the shoulder dystocia (the child’s shoulders entrapement in the pelvis): in these situations the child’s head was released but his body remains incarcerated in the uterus. Odon Device can increase the incidence of this complication?
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Filiberto Di Prospero
Medical Doctor, Consultant in Gynecology and Obstetrics, Endocrinology and Metabolism. Director of Gynecologic Endocrinology Unit at Civitanova Marche General Hospital (Italy). Private clinics in Civitanova Marche, Rome and Milan.

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