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Am J Nurs. 2017 Nov;117(11):30-38. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000526722.26893.b5.

CE: Preeclampsia: Current Approaches to Nursing Management.

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Cindy M. Anderson is an associate professor and an associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, and a member of the medical advisory board of the Preeclampsia Foundation. Mandy J. Schmella is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA. Both authors contributed equally to the development of this article. Contact author: Cindy M. Anderson, anderson.2765@osu.edu. The authors and planners have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Abstract

: Preeclampsia, one of four hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, has traditionally been characterized as new-onset hypertension and proteinuria developing after 20 weeks' gestation. It is, however, now understood to be a complex, progressive, multisystem disorder with a highly variable presentation and a number of potentially life-threatening complications. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy has refined preeclampsia diagnostic criteria accordingly, and as the disorder's pathogenesis has been more clearly defined, new targets for screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment have emerged. This clinical update provides a review of current practice related to preeclampsia risk assessment, prediction, and management. It discusses preeclampsia pathophysiology and points readers to valuable health care resources on the topic.

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