The Blue Band Initiative is a project to improve awareness, recognition and management of preeclampsia.
Postpartum preeclampsia is a serious condition that involves developing high blood pressure following childbirth. A woman is at risk of postpartum preeclampsia for up to 6 weeks after delivery.
Preeclampsia: a multi-system progressive disorder characterized by hypertension and evidence of organ injury.
Complications from postpartum preeclampsia include:
- Organ Damage
What does it mean for the patient?
If a woman is given a blue wrist band or medical card before or after delivery, this means she is at higher risk for postpartum pre-eclampsia.
Symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia include:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Swelling of the hands and face
- Seeing spots before your eyes
- Shortness of breath
When would a patient wear the band?
Any time between 20 weeks and up to 6 weeks postpartum when identified.
How can someone prevent postpartum preeclampsia?
- Have a follow-up appointment with their doctor within 2-5 days of delivery for a blood pressure check.
- Keep all recommended follow-up appointments with your doctor.
- If they experience symptoms, they should call their doctor or go to the emergency room and report that they recently gave birth.
For more information please visit the Preeclampsia Foundation.