Alleviating postnatal perineal trauma: To cool or not to cool?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/48799
Title:
Alleviating postnatal perineal trauma: To cool or not to cool?
Authors:
Steen, Mary; Briggs, Michelle; King, David
Abstract:
This article discusses the evidence reported from quasi randomised trials and randomised controlled trials on the efficacy and acceptability of localised cooling methods in alleviating perineal trauma. Two types of cooling methods were identified: iced sitz baths and cooling devices. The review suggests that cooling may lower the levels of reported perineal pain after childbirth and reduce the inflammatory response associated with perineal trauma. However, women's preferences as well as the efficacy of the cooling method should be taken into consideration. Women's natural reluctance to sit in iced sitz baths suggests that this cooling method is unpleasant and may explain why there has been a decline in this method being used in clinical practice over the last two decades. The use of localised cooling devices appear to be a more acceptable method for women.
Affiliation:
UCLan/University of Leeds/Royal College of Midwives
Citation:
British Journal of Midwifery, 2006, 14(5), pp. 304-308
Publisher:
Mark Allen Publishing
Journal:
Britsh Journal of Midwifery
Issue Date:
May-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/48799
Additional Links:
http://www.britishjournalofmidwifery.com/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep.
ISSN:
0969-4900
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSteen, Mary-
dc.contributor.authorBriggs, Michelle-
dc.contributor.authorKing, David-
dc.date.accessioned2009-02-10T13:03:54Z-
dc.date.available2009-02-10T13:03:54Z-
dc.date.issued2006-05-
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Midwifery, 2006, 14(5), pp. 304-308en
dc.identifier.issn0969-4900-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/48799-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses the evidence reported from quasi randomised trials and randomised controlled trials on the efficacy and acceptability of localised cooling methods in alleviating perineal trauma. Two types of cooling methods were identified: iced sitz baths and cooling devices. The review suggests that cooling may lower the levels of reported perineal pain after childbirth and reduce the inflammatory response associated with perineal trauma. However, women's preferences as well as the efficacy of the cooling method should be taken into consideration. Women's natural reluctance to sit in iced sitz baths suggests that this cooling method is unpleasant and may explain why there has been a decline in this method being used in clinical practice over the last two decades. The use of localised cooling devices appear to be a more acceptable method for women.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMark Allen Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.britishjournalofmidwifery.com/en
dc.subjectperineal painen
dc.subjectrandomised controlled trialsen
dc.subjectquasi-controlled trialsen
dc.subjectlocalised coolingen
dc.subjectpain reliefen
dc.titleAlleviating postnatal perineal trauma: To cool or not to cool?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUCLan/University of Leeds/Royal College of Midwivesen
dc.identifier.journalBritsh Journal of Midwiferyen
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