How to alleviate perineal pain following an episiotomy

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2017.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Qualified Nurses, Students

Authors

Mary Steen, Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
Bernie Cummins, Advanced divisional director of midwifery and nursing, Women’s and Babies Division, SA Health, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.


Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how to alleviate perineal pain following an episiotomy.


Detailed description

An episiotomy increases maternal morbidity in the postnatal period. Alleviating perineal pain is an important aspect of maternal health care.

  • A combination of pain relief methods, systemic and localised, may be required to alleviate perineal pain associated with an episiotomy.
  • It is important that midwives and doctors advise women on how to alleviate perineal pain, prevent infection and promote healing following an episiotomy.
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