Sexual and reproductive health

Detecting pre-eclampsia : a practical guide, using and maintaining blood pressure equipment

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 48
Publication date: 1992 (Revised in 2005)
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MCH/MSM/92.3 - Web only


  • Guide
    Includes the revisions made in 2005

The hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (HDP) and in particular pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are a major cause of maternal deaths in the world. Although the incidence varies from region to region, eclampsia accounts for up to forty percent of maternal mortality in some countries.

These guidelines are intended to help improve health worker's knowledge and clinical skills necessary for the early detection of high blood pressure, proteinuria and oedema which are hallmarks of this condition. They can be adapted by MCH programme managers for the training of staff, upgrading skills and knowledge, or as a guide for assessing training, equipment and supply needs.

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