Project period: 2019–2020
Introduction and aim
The objective of this project is to develop resources targeting health care professionals who provide care to women who have undergone childbirth (vaginally or by caesarean section). The objective will be to enhance the wound management skills of these professionals, thereby supporting the prevention and treatment of birth-related wounds and post-caesarean section infections.
This paper aims at providing the latest techniques for managing and preventing birth related wounds and post-CS infection, introducing dressing choices and discussing potential pathways to identify the most appropriate treatment. Special focus will be on the need to train midwives and other health care professionals (HCPs) involved with the care of maternal wounds in early diagnostics, wound care techniques and dressing selection.
- The main objectives of the EWMA document on managing and preventing birth related wounds and post-caesarean section are to:
- Present latest techniques for managing and preventing birth related wounds and post-caesarean section infection
- Including introducing dressing choices
- Including discussing potential pathways to identify the most appropriate treatment.
- Present potential pathways to identify the most appropriate treatment including assessment of cost effectiveness, patient mobility, scaring and pain etc.
- Describe curriculum for HCPs involved with the management of post-caesarean section and other birth related wounds.
- Map the post-CS SSI incidence, prevalence and high risk areas, based on published information and data available from registries.
- Charmaine Childs (Editor), BNurs, MPhil, PhD, Professor of Clinical Science, College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
- Kylie Sandy-Hodgetts (Co-Editor), BSc, MBA, PhD, Senior Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Western Australia; Director, Skin Integrity Research Unit, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
- Carole Broad, MCSP, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health, Department of Physiotherapy, Cardiff and Vale UHB, Cardiff, Wales, UK
- Rose Cooper, BSc, PhD, PGCE, CBiol, MRSB, FRSA, Former Professor of Microbiology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, UK
- Margarita Manresa, RNM, MScNurs, PhD, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
- José Verdú-Soriano, RN, MScNurs, PhD, Professor of Community Nursing and Wound Care, Department of Community
- Nursing, Preventive Medicine, Public Health and History of Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
This project is supported by an unrestricted grant from: