136151 - Perineal Care Module
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Perineal wound care is a vitally important area for women’s health. It is now well recognised that the majority of women when giving birth will sustain some degree of perineal injury and some will have short and long-term health problems.
In Australia, 75% of women who have a vaginal birth will sustain some form of perineal tear (AIHW, 2015).
23 out of 100 women will sustain a graze or 1st degree perineal tear
26 out of 100 women will sustain a 2nd degree perineal tear
21 out of 100 women will have an episiotomy
3 out of 100 women will suffer a 3rd or 4th degree perineal tear (3%) (AIHW, 2016). First and second degree perineal tears are associated with mild morbidity for women (Frohlich et al. 2015).
Therefore, it is essential that health professionals who provide care and support to women during the childbirth continuum are educated and trained to provide the best care possible based on the most current up-to-date evidence.