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Enfermería Global

versión On-line ISSN 1695-6141


MENESES URREA, Luz Adriana; RODRIGUEZ TORRES, Estela  y  OTERO ORTIZ, Mayerlin. Signs of life in the morbidity of pregnant women. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.61, pp.341-362.  Epub 01-Feb-2021. ISSN 1695-6141.

For the assessment of pregnant women, it is essential for nursing and medical staff to incorporate parameters to identify alterations in antenatal health status. This health care assessment is not performed by all institutions that provide antenatal care to pregnant women. Performing antenatal health care assessment assists in the early detection of clinical alterations that can increase morbidity and maternal mortality. The study aims to determine the alterations in pregnant women with the application of the Early Warning Scale in a highly complex institution in Colombia.


This research is observational, descriptive, and was carried out on 308 pregnant women who were hospitalized or admitted in a Special Obstetric Care Unit (SOCU) for more than one day in a highly complex institution. Data contained in digital medical records were collected and evaluations were carried out by healthcare staff between January 2017 and December 2017, by way of an overall format for health conditions and the Early Warning Scale.


The age of pregnant women ranged between 14 and 45 years. The most common diagnosis for admission was preeclampsia with 38.2% CI 95% (32.62-43.98). The highest frequency of alterations was found in systolic blood pressure with 70.1% Confidence Interval (CI) 95% (50.75-62.07), diastolic blood pressure 56.5% CI 95%(50.75-62.07), and respiratory distress 28.9% CI (23.97-34.36). Statistical significance was found between hospital stay and pathological history with p < 0.03. Timely assessment, diagnosis, and registration procedures by nurses and medical staff are of vital importance in the early detection of extreme maternal morbidity.

Palabras clave : pregnancy; morbidity; rapid assessment; obstetric nursing.

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