ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

The Effect of Serum Physiological and Rivanol on the Process of Recovery During Episiotomy Care
Sema Dereli Yılmaz 1, Gülşen Vural 2, Said Bodur 3
1İstanbul Üniversitesi Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu, Doğum ve Kadın Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Bölümü, İstanbul
2Gazi Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Ankara
3Departments of Public Health, Meram Medical Faculty of Selçuk University, Konya
DOI : 10.5174/tutfd.2009.01288.1
Pages : 172-177


Objectives: Episiotomy is frequently performed in primigravidas in many hospitals. No standard application exists in episiotomy care. This study aimed to compare the effect of serum physiological (SP) and rivanol on the process of recovery and perineal pain during episiotomy care.

Patients and Methods: The study was conducted with 60 primiparous women. During the process of data collection, rivanol was used for episiotomy care of the first 30 mothers who met the inclusion criteria (Group 1). Serum physiological was used in Group 2. The first data were collected in the first four hours of the postpartum in the hospital. Mothers were invited to the hospital for the evaluations on 7th, 14th, and 21st days. Episiotomy wound was evaluated with REEDA score and pain with Visual Analog Scale.

Results: In episiotomy healing process, there was a difference between groups in favor of SP according to total scores of REEDA on the 7th, 14th and 21st days. There was a difference in SP group with respect to pain on the 21st day.

Conclusion: According to the results of this study, SP was found to be more effective than rivanol in episiotomy healing. Therefore, the use of SP, which is non-chemical and has no side effects to the healing process, is suggested in episiotomy care.

Keywords : Episiotomy; wound healing; pain

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