Implementation of routine first‐trimester combined screening for preeclampsia based on the Gaussian algorithm: A clinical effectiveness study

Manel Mendoza, Erika Bonacina, Berta Serrano, Marta Ricart, Lourdes Martin, Eva Lopez‐Quesada, Angels Vives, Anna Maroto, Pablo Garcia‐Manau, Clementina De Antonio, Cristina Tusquets, Gabriela Moreano, Mireia Armengol‐Alsina, Elena Carreras

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To evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the routine first-trimester screening for preeclampsia (PE) after being implemented in six Catalan maternities.

Participants in the reference group were recruited prospectively between October 2015 and September 2017. Participants in the study group were recruited retrospectively between November 2018 and May 2019, after implementing the screening program. PE risk was assessed between 11 + 0 and 13 + 6 weeks of gestation using the Gaussian algorithm combining maternal characteristics, mean arterial blood pressure, uterine artery pulsatility index, and maternal serum pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A. Women with a risk ≥1/137 were prescribed daily salicylic acid (150 mg) until 36 weeks of gestation.

Preterm PE occurred in 30 of 2641 participants (1.14%) in the reference group, as compared with 18 of 2848 participants (0.63%) in the study group (OR: 0.55; 95% CI, 0.31–0.99; P = 0.045). In the reference group, 37 participants (1.40%) were admitted to ICU, as compared with 23 participants (0.81%) in the study group (OR: 0.57; 95% CI, 0.34–0.96; P = 0.035).

The routine first-trimester PE screening can be implemented in a public healthcare setting, leading to a significant reduction in the incidence of preterm PE and of maternal ICU admission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-809
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Early-onset
  • First trimester
  • Preeclampsia
  • Screening
  • Uterine artery Doppler

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