Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences

Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences
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Intern’s Experiences with Episiotomy and its Repair

Author(s): Emily Akuabia Nzeribe, Ogechi Obinna-Njoku, Kelechi Iwuji

Background: Episiotomy ‑an incision of the perineum at the time of vaginal delivery is a common obstetric procedure. If the repair is inadequately done, it may leave the woman suffering from perineal pain and other long term conditions with serious impact on the woman’s health and social wellbeing. The importance of skill in the obstetric procedure of episiotomy and its repair cannot be over emphasized. Objectives: The study aims to determine the interns’ training and experience with episiotomy and its repair. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire study of medical interns’ who had their houseman ship at the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, over a period of two years between 2003 and 2005. Results were analyzed with the SPSS version 10. Results: 70 (77.7%) of the 90 interns to whom the questionnaire was administered responded correctly. They had an average age of 28.81 ±3.36 years. 44 (62.9%) had a formal demonstration on episiotomy repair done at their medical training institution. 56 (80%) of the interns were comfortable with episiotomy repair while 14 (20%) were not. 10 (45.45%) of the females and 4 (8.33%) of the males were not comfortable with episiotomy repair. 30% of those who got their skill on episiotomy repair at the period of houseman ship were not comfortable with the procedure as opposed to 4.3% of those who had a formal training at their medical training institution. Discussion: A formal demonstration at the medical school of training does not appear to be a constant event in the medical schools as only 62.9% of the interns in this study accepted receiving such. However, despite the above, 80% of these interns’ were comfortable with the repairs of episiotomy. Conclusions: It would be preferred if a formal demonstration is given on this procedure while a student is still in training.


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