Journal article

Blood pressure assessment and first-line pharmacological agents in women with eclampsia

AT Dennis, E Chambers, K Serang

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRIC ANESTHESIA | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Eclampsia is a life-threatening complication of pregnancy. Timely blood pressure assessment and administration of magnesium sulphate are essential management. In this retrospective single-centre study we examined the timing and magnitude of maternal blood pressure before eclampsia, and whether magnesium sulphate was administered as the first agent for treatment. METHODS: We conducted a five-year review of eclampsia in a tertiary referral obstetric hospital. Using data from electronic birthing records and hospital coding (ICD-10AM) we identified patients with the diagnostic criteria for eclampsia and assessed patient characteristics, blood pressure and pharmacological treatment. R..

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