Experiences during the first four years of a postpartum perineal clinic in the USA Journal Article

Authors: Brincat, C; Crosby, E.; McLeod, A.; Fenner, D. E.
Article Title: Experiences during the first four years of a postpartum perineal clinic in the USA
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To assess the characteristics of patients seen at a postpartum perineal clinic in the USA during the first 4 years of its existence, and to identify factors contributing to the clinic's success. METHODS: In a retrospective study, the charts of patients presenting to the clinic between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2011, were reviewed for presenting complaint, findings, treatment, number of visits, and referral source. Strategies that led to successful clinic implementation were reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 247 patients were seen during the 4-year period. Indications for referral included lacerations, pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, and fistulas. The most common referral indication was a third- or fourth-degree laceration, which affected 154 (62.3%) patients. Overall, 53 (21.5%) patients required a procedure, of whom 20 (8.1%) underwent surgery. Most women were counseled about pelvic floor exercises, and 39 (15.8%) were referred for pelvic floor physical therapy. Nurse-led triage, patient education, and follow-up were key to the success of the program. CONCLUSION: The postpartum perineal clinic is sustainable and offers an opportunity for early assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction after a complicated vaginal delivery.
Journal Title: International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Volume: 128
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1879-3479; 0020-7292
Publisher: Unknown  
Journal Place: Ireland
Date Published: 2015
Start Page: 68
End Page: 71
Language: eng
Notes: CI: Copyright (c) 2014; JID: 0210174; OTO: NOTNLM; 2014/03/18 [received]; 2014/07/15 [revised]; 2014/09/01 [accepted]; 2014/09/06 [aheadofprint]; ppublish