Better training in perineal injury is desirable One of the most common complaints from women following childbirth is perineal pain, caused by perineal trauma. The episiotomy technique, the suture material chosen, the suture technique, and the knowledge and skills of the care-provider all influence healing and subsequent symptoms. Evidence-based techniques are associated with fewer symptoms and complications; however, the literature reveals that care-providers are often inexperienced, not well trained or not conscientious enough in: performing an accurate episiotomy; assessing perineal trauma; diagnosing anal-sphincter injuries; and evidence-based repair techniques. The angle at which an episiotomy is performed and the suture techniques used vary considerably, while the evidence shows emphatically which techniques are optimal. We believe that the responsibility for the improvement of knowledge and skills lies with the care-providers. Despite the absence of obligation, they should attend repeated training sessions, to guarantee the optimal quality of perineal care following childbirth.
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 16 May 2019|