Table 1

The availability of the required equipment and supplies in the different health facilities on the day of the visit

Equipment and Supplies which are required for the use of MgSO4

Health Facility


UTH

Health Centre 1

Health Centre 2


Local treatment protocols exist for eclampsia and recommend magnesium sulphate as the first line treatment

Yes

Yes

Yes


Local treatment protocols exist for pre-eclampsia and recommend magnesium sulphate as the first line treatment

Yes

Yes

Yes


Sphygmomanometer or BP machine

Yes

Yes

Yes


Stethoscope

Yes

Yes

Yes


Dipsticks to detect protein in the urine

No

Yes

Yes


Sufficient quantity of MgSO4 to provide 24 h treatment for 1 patient

Yes

No

No


Calcium gluconate (1 g, 10 ml of 10% solution)

Yes

No

No


2% Lignocaine (1 ml ampoules)

Yes

Yes

Yes


Cannulae

Yes

Yes

Yes


Sterile syringes (10 ml or 20 ml)

Yes

Yes

Yes


Sterile needles

Yes

Yes

Yes


Sterile water or normal saline for dilution of MgSO4

Yes

Yes

Yes


Normal saline or Ringer's lactate

Yes

Yes

Yes


Drip stand

Yes

Yes

Yes


IV giving sets

Yes

Yes

Yes


Patella hammer

Yes

No

No


Urinary catheters

Yes

Yes

Yes


Urine collection bags

No

Yes

Yes


Sharps boxes for safe waste disposal

Yes

Yes

Yes


Gloves

Yes

Yes

Yes


Ridge et al. BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:340   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-340

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