Effectiveness of self perineal care on episiotomy wound healing

Noronha, Judith A (2003) Effectiveness of self perineal care on episiotomy wound healing. Indian Journal of Nursing & Midwifery, 6 (1). pp. 25-39.

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Episiotomy is a surgical procedure conducted in the second stage of labour. Episiotomy results in longer hospitalization and thus increases health care costs. Cost effective care to patients with episiotomy wounds by maternal health nurses and midwives can improve wound healing, reduce hospitalization and enhance self care abilities. Emphasis needs to be laid on facilitating individual self care management skills through teaching based on patients knowledge, skill and ability to take on self care at home. This study used a descriptive comparative method with three groups of mothers (one experimental group of 25 mothers and two control groups of 30 each) who had undergone episiotomy during the second stage of labour.A pretest post test control group design wasused to test the difference in wound healing between the three groups. The findings revealed that there was less incidence of infection among women who were taught and encouraged to practice self perineal care as compared to women who received routine postnatal care. The findings of the study have implications for midwifery and nursing practice, nursing education and research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Episiotomy, puerperium, primipara,wound healing, perineal care, evidence-based practice.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 04:33
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 15:26
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/79926

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