Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Managing eclampsia

Midwifery education module 5

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 139
Languages: English, Portuguese
ISBN: 9241546662 (printed); 9241547062 (CD-ROM)



This module begins with an explanation of the conditions pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. The content then covers the factors which contribute to eclampsia, how it can be identified and differentiated from other conditions, how it can be prevented and, if it does occur, how it can be managed. The skills specific to preventing and managing eclampsia include: identification of risk factors for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia; midwifery observations; and care and observation during a fit. The general skills in this module include: taking blood samples for analysis; setting up and monitoring an intravenous infusion; administering necessary drugs; urinary catheterization; preventing thromboembolic disorder; universal precautions for prevention of infection; and maintaining records.

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