A blood pressure device developed by experts at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London has been named as one of the top 30 life-saving health innovations in the world.

The Microlife Vital Signs Alert (VSA) is the first device in the world that can detect whether a woman is likely to go into shock after blood loss during childbirth. It has been included in the Innovation Countdown 2030, a list that identifies and showcases high-impact technology and innovations that could solve the world’s most urgent health issues.

Professor Andrew Shennan, consultant obstetrician, developed the VSA with his team. He says: “We’re delighted that the VSA has received such high profile recognition so quickly after it was developed. In just a few short months it has made a massive impact.”

Professor Shennan estimates that the VSA could cut maternal deaths in developing countries by up to 25%, saving the lives of more than 70,000 women a year.