Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum is a serious patient safety issue, complicating 10% of all pregnancies, causing 9-26% of global maternal mortality, and contributing to 15% of all preterm births (Khalil et al., 2016). 

Healthcare professionals must be aware of the symptoms associated with postpartum hypertension in order to effectively educate patients as early as possible and throughout the continuum of care.

Executive Summary

The Problem Hypertension is the most common problem during pregnancy, complicating 10% of all pregnancies, causing 9-26% of global maternal mortality, and contributing to 15% of all preterm births (Khalil et al., 2016). Additionally, the implications of hypertension during pregnancy do not remain only in the immediate peripartum timeframe, but infants

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