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Healthcare 2016, 4(2), 26; doi:10.3390/healthcare4020026

Preeclampsia-Eclampsia Adverse Outcomes Reduction: The Preeclampsia-Eclampsia Checklist

College of Graduate Health Studies, A. T. Still University, Mesa, AZ 85206, USA
Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 9 April 2016 / Revised: 5 May 2016 / Accepted: 6 May 2016 / Published: 13 May 2016
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Globally, preeclampsia-eclampsia (PE-E) is a major cause of puerperal intensive care unit admission, accounting for up to 10% of maternal deaths. PE-E primary prevention is possible. Antepartum low-dose aspirin prophylaxis, costing USD $10–24 can cut the incidence of PE-E in half. Antepartum low molecular weight heparin combined with low-dose aspirin prophylaxis can cut the incidence of early onset PE-E and fetuses that are small for their gestational age in half. Despite predictive antepartum models for PE-E prophylaxis, said prophylaxis is not routinely provided. Therefore, magnesium sulfate secondary prevention of eclampsia remains the globally recommended intervention. Implementation of a PE-E checklist is a continuous quality improvement (CQI) tool facilitating appropriate antepartum PE-E prophylaxis and maternal care from the first trimester through the postpartum fourth trimester inter-partum interval. A novel clinical PE-E checklist and implementation strategy are presented below. CQI PE-E checklist implementation and appropriate PE-E prophylaxis provides clinicians and healthcare systems an opportunity to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. While CQI checklist implementation may be a tedious ongoing process requiring healthcare team resiliency, improved healthcare outcomes are well worth the effort. View Full-Text
Keywords: preeclampsia-eclampsia; prophylaxis; checklist; continuous quality improvement; implementation; patient safety; quality care preeclampsia-eclampsia; prophylaxis; checklist; continuous quality improvement; implementation; patient safety; quality care
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Nwanodi, O.B. Preeclampsia-Eclampsia Adverse Outcomes Reduction: The Preeclampsia-Eclampsia Checklist. Healthcare 2016, 4, 26.

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