i was recently sent an article that states the use of magnesium sulfate to women in preterm labour may be dangerous...i have posted a portion of the article...
"magnesium sulfate administered intravenously to a pregnant woman who is about to deliver a premature infant is an unconfirmed, ineffective and potentially fatal treatment, david grimes and kavita nanda of family health international
write in an obstetrics and gynecology
commentary published in the october issue of the journal, the washington post
reports. infusions of magnesium sulfate, or epsom salts, commonly are administered to pregnant women between 26 and 34 weeks' gestation for about 48 hours to delay contractions and allow the injection of steroids, which increases the rate of fetal lung development. according to the post, magnesium sulfate can cause side effects that include blurred vision, burning sensations, headaches, nausea and "profound lethargy." in some cases, it can lead to pulmonary edema, a condition in which the lungs fill with liquid, the post reports." (from medical news today)
the article then goes on to discuss the use of mgso4 seems to be only in north america and is not commonly practiced in other parts of the world.
at my hospital we do not use mgso4 to stop preterm labour on most cases and instead use a nitro patch, which is just as effective and with less side effects.
what's the protocol at your hospital?