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A discussion of some of the literature relating to history, repair and consequences of perineal trauma

Draper, Janet and Newell, Robert (1996). A discussion of some of the literature relating to history, repair and consequences of perineal trauma. Midwifery, 12(3) pp. 140–145.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0266-6138(96)90058-3
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Abstract

Objective: to review the key literature on perineal trauma, discussing the historical background, the materials and techniques used, the possible consequences of repair and assess midwives' current and potential contribution to perineal repair.

Literature search: the literature was identified using conventional search techniques: Midwifery Information Resource Service (MIDIRS) and the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Database. Keywords used during the search were: episiotomy, perineal trauma and adverse effects. Associated keywords words were sexuality, pain and psychology.

Key conclusions: current practice in the UK is inconsistent with the available evidence, perineal trauma can cause long term problems, and midwives are in an ideal position to take forward evidence-based perineal repair.

Implications for practice: midwives need adequate education and training in perineal repair but are likely to be more effective in performing the repair. Systematic evaluation of the impact of extending midwives' influence in this area is essential.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0266-6138
Keywords: perineal trauma;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Nursing
Item ID: 12058
Depositing User: Janet Draper
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2008 12:35
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 10:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12058
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