What is included in the initial treatment of eclamptic convulsions?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Emergency medical services personnel should (1) secure an intravenous (IV) line with a large-bore catheter, (2) initiate cardiac monitoring and administer oxygen, and (3) transport the patient in the left lateral decubitus position. Supportive care for eclamptic convulsions includes the following:

  • Close monitoring (invasive, if clinically indicated)

  • Airway support

  • Adequate oxygenation

  • Anticonvulsant therapy

  • Blood pressure (BP) control


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