The HER Foundation published a new study demonstrating the effectiveness of the HyperEmesis Level Prediction (HELP) Score in identifying pregnant women with severe symptoms of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP). Early identification of severe symptoms is critical, as these women need prompt medical interventions to avoid preventable complications that may threaten the life of mother and child. “HyperEmesis Level Prediction (HELP Score) Identifies Patients with Indicators of Severe Disease: a Validation Study” by Kimber W. MacGibbon, Sarah Kim, Patrick M. Mullin, and Marlena S. Fejzo.
The HELP Score was developed by the HER Foundation to help women identify concerning symptoms of NVP and quantify these symptoms into a score that can be trended to monitor progress and track their treatment response over time. It also serves as a valuable tool to communicate with their care team.
Women can easily complete the HELP Score assessment online or on their mobile phone by downloading the free iOS HG Care App created by HER and UCLA. After completing the 12-question assessment, the app will automatically calculate the HELP Score, track treatments, and provide alerts related to any concerning changes in symptoms. The HELP Score is an invaluable tool to guide mothers and clinicians in the management of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG).
The HER Foundation’s goal is to achieve universal, comprehensive assessment and treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As demonstrated in the study, replacing the PUQE tool with the HELP Score is an important step in early identification of severe disease and ensuring the consistency of symptom assessment for mothers with NVP and HG.
When a pregnant woman is suffering from Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP), it can be difficult for her to convey the severity of her symptoms to her healthcare provider. Proof of severe illness such as weight loss, debility, and dehydration may not be obvious initially, but early detection and diagnosis of HG is critical in managing symptoms and preventing complications for mother and baby.
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