Lucy Powls – Maternal hypertension and pre-eclampsia

Obstetric Emergencies
Obstetric Emergencies
Lucy Powls - Maternal hypertension and pre-eclampsia

Lucy talks us through the risk factors, signs and symptoms of maternal hypertension, the long term management and prehospital emergency treatments including that of eclamptic seizures.




Top 3 Points from this podcast:
  • Pre-eclampsia is quite common and blood pressure and urinalyses should be checked at every available opportunity.
  • Severe hypertension requires urgent management so if systolic greater than 160mmHg.
  • Management of eclampsia involves basic ABC support and Magnesium Sulphate is the drug of choice for seizure activity.
Resources related to this podcast:

Maternity NEWS charts

NICE guidelines for hypertension in pregnancy

About Lucy

Lucy is currently the Educational Lead for the Scottish Multiprofessional Maternity Development Programme (SMMDP)

Lucy qualified as a midwife in 1984 and has worked in a variety of clinical posts throughout the UK and joined SMMDP in June 2017.

SMMDP are part of NHS Education for Scotland and are Scotland’s leading provider of maternity and neonatal clinical skills training. SMMDP provide affordable, post-registration courses to any professional group who request training.

Lucy is married to Andrew and they have a daughter Samantha who is studying at Glasgow University. Lucy also has a greyhound called Indy, who keeps her fit and active whatever the weather.



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