Management of perineal and vaginal injuries during childbirth

2011, Vol 2, No 2, pages 13–15
Management of perineal and vaginal injuries during childbirth

This article examines clinical best practice, quality data and research pertaining to injuries of the perineum and vagina sustained during childbirth. Prevention is essential, however the ability to recognise anal sphincter rupture, periurethral tears and vaginal trauma is also critical to preventing serious life-altering complications. Principles of treatment are outlined, while a future research agenda and clinical practice policies are discussed.

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