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Practical skills

How to alleviate perineal pain following an episiotomy

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2017
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical clinical skills learning module describes how to alleviate perineal pain following an episiotomy during childbirth. Systemic and localised postnatal pain-relief methods are discussed, as are how to prevent infection and promote healing as part of good maternal health care.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

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.


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