• Submitted By: mecs
  • Date Submitted: 01/19/2009 6:59 AM
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I. Introduction

Nursing is a continuous process which involves the relationship between the nurse and the patient that mutually works together in accomplishing identified goals in meeting the best care and comfort in the maintenance and promotion of health prevention of disease and rehabilitation from illness. Nursing means art and caring, and with this principle in mind we tried to do this case study not just as a requirement but as a mean of enhancing, gaining and developing further our knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to give the best possible and necessary care for our clients condition.

Our case is all about preeclampsia. With this study may we be able to learn more about the disease process and gain information on how to properly manage and prevent complication. Also given this case, we unwearyingly researched to improve our skills and able to give the best possible care to patients with the same condition and as a new duty student nurse we view this case as a very interesting case that would give us knowledge and skills that can be applied to all patients that we will handle.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), preeclampsia (say "pre-ee-clamp-see-ah"), which is also called toxemia, is a problem that occurs in some women during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms.

Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading global cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000...