Perineal tears and episiotomy
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Perineal tears and episiotomy

Dinah Gould Professor of applied health, School of Community and Health Sciences, City University, London

Perineal wounds are common and occur spontaneously during labour. An episiotomy is sometimes performed in an attempt to reduce perineal trauma, although there is limited evidence about its success. This article discusses the debate surrounding perineal repair and provides information on the indications for episiotomy and the classification of tears.

Nursing Standard. 21, 52, 41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


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