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1. Common sense at MEDICA 2010

Visit us at MEDICA - Hall 5, booth M19

As part of its global positioning strategy, Common Sense will exhibit at MEDICA 2010 tradeshow in order to expose its full range of diagnotic products, and to expand its distribution network.

Commonsense will introduce its NON-INTRUSIVE DIAGNOSTIC panty-liners and swabs, containing built-in sensing capabilities that accurately monitor suspected amniotic leak and vaginal health.

Common Sense will also exihibit its Future Panty-Liner with built-in sensing capabilities for continuous daily monitoring of vaginal health.

The following products will be displayed:
AL-Sense for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Amniotic Fluid Leak

VS-Sense OTC, VS-Sense PRO & VI-Sense for Diagnosis of Vaginal Infections.

I would be glad to meet you at our stand. To set a meeting, please mail a message to: erna@cs-commonsense.com.


Sincerely yours,
Erna Meller - VP Marketing & sales

2. CommonSense at Mother & Child Health Conference

Moscow - September 2010

During 28th September-1st October 2010, CommonSense has exhibited its full product range of products for:

  • AL-Sense for monitoring amniotic fluid leakage
  • VA-Sense for routine monitoring of vaginal bacterial balance
  • VS-PRO, VS-OTC & VI-Sense for improved diagnosis of vaginal infections

Dr. Hadar Kesary-Shoham - Director of Clinical Studies & Biological Research, gave a lecture, detailing the products' functions, intended use and update of clinical results.

In the audience, were senior gynecologists from all over the Russian Federation.

 

 

3. Early Drop - By Zahava Sofer

Leakage of Amniotic Fluid May Harm the Mother and the Fetus. The Mother’s Awareness Can Prevent the Danger

A common misconception among many pregnant women is that the premature leakage of amniotic fluid is a positive sign that the birth is approaching. Therefore, many women are relieved when their water breaks before their cervix dilates. In fact, as opposed to common belief, this situation poses problems for the birthing process and often can pose a threat to both the mother and the fetus.

Shirley, age 27, felt an unexplained wetness in her 34th week of pregnancy. The attending physician assumed that the wetness was not a leakage of amniotic fluid, since the leakage was not continuous. But Shirley was somewhat frightened and felt that something wasn’t right. She contacted me and that same evening came to my clinic. I advised her to use a diagnostic pad called “Mitset”. The results were unequivocal: According to the pad, there was indeed a leakage of amniotic fluid. Shirley was sent to the emergency room, where she learned that she had too little amniotic fluid. She was hospitalized and was administered antibiotic treatment to prevent the development of an amniotic membrane infection, which can endanger the fetus. Two days later, she delivered a healthy baby.

Amniotic fluid is like a balloon that presses on the cervix, thus forcing the body to excrete hormones (prostaglandins), which prepare the cervix for the birth. Too little amniotic fluid prevents the “pressure balloon” from working as necessary, and therefore the cervix remains thick and swollen and the birthing process is prolonged. For this reason, premature leakage of amniotic fluid induces labor only when the cervix is already thin (effaced).

Aside from this, amniotic fluid is designed to protect the fetus from being bruised and provides the fetus with room to develop. A drop in the amount of amniotic fluid can endanger the fetus in the uterus, because it leads to a situation which is not natural or ideal. As a result of this process, normal development may be impaired and an intrauterine infection may develop.

Leakage of amniotic fluid occurs when there is a tear in the amniotic sack and the membranes that surround it. About 15% of pregnant women suffer from premature amniotic fluid leakage. There are a number of signs to identify the process: A sense of ongoing wetness or wetness that appears at a variable frequency. The second sign is harder to identify, since it is characterized by slight leakage and appears primarily when the woman is in motion.

If amniotic fluid leakage is suspected, the woman is recommended to conduct an assessment independently, using diagnostic pads. The pads allow her to determine whether it is a leakage of amniotic fluid or only a leakage of urine. If it is indeed a leakage of amniotic fluid, she is recommended to consult with her obstetrician or an obstetric emergency room as soon as possible, for supervision and treatment.

Although in most cases, the main reason for the sense of wetness stems from a leakage of urine, vaginal discharge or excessive perspiration, it is recommended to investigate each instance and act accordingly.

Another phenomenon that may indicate amniotic fluid leakage is a sudden increase in body temperature, to 38 degrees, over a period of time, as a result of an infection of the amniotic sack membranes. This infection may endanger both the fetus and the mother, who may suffer from septicemia (blood poisoning). One of the dangers in the case of amniotic sack infection is premature delivery, before the fetus has developed sufficiently.

Another danger can be expected in pregnant women who carry the GBS bacteria, a strain of streptococcus. If a pregnant woman is diagnosed as a carrier of the bacteria, she must take antibiotics throughout her pregnancy. If there is premature leakage of amniotic fluid, there is a danger that the labor will begin before the woman is treated with antibiotics, a situation that is very dangerous for the fetus and to the women’s fertility. This will make it difficult for her to become pregnant spontaneously in the future, due to uterine adhesions.

It is important to determine in which stage of the pregnancy there is a suspicion of amniotic fluid leakage. If the leakage takes place during labor, in a minimum or large quantity, this is a natural process and there is no cause for worry. But if the leakage takes place in the early stages of the pregnancy, i.e., before the 35th week, this generally does not indicate that labor is about to begin, rather that there is a partial leakage which is likely to endanger the fetus.

The reporter is a midwife and runs a clinic for birthing courses. Haaretz 23 April 2010

 

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