Researchers Say Pre-Eclampsia Deaths Are Avoidable; See Details Here!

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Feb 16, 2017 03:51 AM EST

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An article by Professor Andrew Shennan and Professor Lucy Chappell of King's College London welcomes the news from the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths. The recent news reveals that less than 1 in 10,000 women in the United Kingdom dies in pregnancy with a less than 1 in 1,000,000 chance of dying in women with Preeclampsia.

The authors noted in their article that pregnancy in the United Kingdom has never been safer. This dramatic decrease in mortality rate in the United Kingdom in women with Preeclampsia is quite remarkable, Shennan who is a Professor of Obstetrics said.

"Good care in the NHS, driven by sound evidence-based medicine and disseminated by NICE guidelines, means the rest of the world will be driven to emulate this success. This is a real success story," she added, according to Medical webtimes.

The article suggests that the improved care in monitoring pregnant women, better diagnosis and timely delivery accounts for the improved outcomes over recent decades. However, recent studies have revealed that preeclampsia can be partially prevented by administering low dose of aspirin, the use of antihypertensive medication and also magnesium sulfate. Other findings have revealed that planned delivery from 37 weeks also reduce morbidity.

The authors believe that the high-quality care that led to this reduction including regular antenatal checks and prompt treatment of severe hypertension should be continued. The researchers think that there is a need for them to now focus more on reducing Preeclampsia death rate across the globe. The focus should also be directed at the deaths of babies that are related to the condition in the United Kingdom and other regions across the globe, Professor of Obstetrics at King's College London, Lucy Chappell added.

Pregnancy in the United Kingdom is now so safe that a pregnant woman's partner is more likely to die than she is, explained Marcus Green from the charity Action on Preeclampsia. He added that there has been a huge progress even in the past few years, particularly on Preeclampsia and the great care in the NHS accounts for this. He noted that 19 women died as a result of Preeclampsia from 2006 to 2008 but these figures reduced to two deaths from 2012 to 2014, according to Science Daily.

The authors believe that great care makes a big difference as Preeclampsia is only safe for pregnant women if it is identified early and also well managed. But without good care, there is a risk for the statistics to rise in the United Kingdom. The authors published the article in the latest edition of The Lancet.

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