Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia
Contact Hours Awarded: 1.5
Author: Karen Beasley
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.
- Patient Teaching – “Red Flags”
- Signs & Symptoms of Magnesium Sulfate Toxicity
- Delivery Recommendations
- Ongoing Research Studies
Nursing CE Central 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.
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
- Recognize risk factors as well as signs and symptoms of preeclampsia.
- Learn how a diagnosis of preeclampsia is determined.
- Recognize the difference between preeclampsia and eclampsia and complications of both.
- Identify and provide patient teaching regarding “red flags.”
- Recognize signs and symptoms of magnesium toxicity.
- Registered Nurses (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)
Requirement for Completion
- Enrollment in the course by the learner
- Read and learn all course materials
- Complete the course evaluation
- 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)
Conflict of Interest Statement
Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.
Course Expires on: July 15, 2024
Course Offering: #110