How is a patient with eclampsia positioned during a seizure?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Place the patient in the left lateral position. This positioning decreases the risk of aspiration and will help to improve uterine blood flow by relieving obstruction of the vena cava by the gravid uterus. Protect the patient against injury during the seizure by padding and raising guardrails, using a padded tongue blade between the teeth, and suctioning the oral secretions as needed.


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