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Blue Band Initiative

The Blue Band Initiative is a project to improve awareness, early recognition, and management of preeclampsia.

Patients at RiverView who are at higher risk for preeclampsia have been given a blue wristband to alert the medical staff of this condition.

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a serious blood pressure condition that can happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or after giving birth (called postpartum preeclampsia). It can affect as many as eight percent of all pregnancies.

Warning signs of preeclampsia:

  • Changes in vision (blurriness, flashing lights, seeing spots or being sensitive to light)
  • Headache that won’t go away
  • Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
  • Pain in the upper right belly area or in the shoulder
  • Sudden weight gain (2-5 pounds in a week)
  • Swelling in the legs, hands or face
  • Difficulty breathing

If you are monitoring your blood pressure at home:

  • Call your OB provider if your blood pressure is more than 150/100 (if either number is high)
  • Go to the Emergency Department if your blood pressure is more than 160/110 (if either number is high)

For more information about preeclampsia and post-partum preeclampsia, please visit:

https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/preeclampsia.aspx