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Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia

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Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Morgan Curry

Author: Karen Beasley
BSN, RN

Preeclampsia and eclampsia have long been documented in history, previously referred to as toxemia of pregnancy. Unfortunately, these conditions continue to be not well understood.  Early-onset and late- onset are both known to be caused by a placental disorder; however, a maternal genetic predisposition to metabolic and cardiovascular disease has been noted in late-onset. The International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISHHP) considers hypertension in pregnancy to consist of a systolic blood pressure greater than 140 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure greater than 90 mmHg. Additionally, the ISHHP recognizes late-onset as occurring at 34 weeks gestation or later. Other clinical manifestations can range in severity. Left untreated these disorders can result in maternal death and/or fetal demise (3). 

This course will discuss the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and eclampsia, as well as their diagnoses, and treatments. Upon competition of this course, the nurse should feel knowledgeable and comfortable providing patient education regarding the “red flags,” current treatments, when to notify a provider, and when to seek emergent care. 

Course Outline

  1. Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Epidemiology 
  4. Patient Teaching – “Red Flags” 
  5. Complications 
  6. Treatment 
  7. Signs & Symptoms of Magnesium Sulfate Toxicity 
  8. Delivery Recommendations 
  9. Ongoing Research Studies 
  10. Summary 
  11. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia and eclampsia, as well as current treatments, and ongoing studies. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Recognize risk factors as well as signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. 
  2. Learn how a diagnosis of preeclampsia is determined. 
  3. Recognize the difference between preeclampsia and eclampsia and complications of both. 
  4. Identify and provide patient teaching regarding “red flags.” 
  5. Recognize signs and symptoms of magnesium toxicity. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: July 15, 2021

Course Expires on: July 15, 2024

Course Offering: #110