On the 21st of April, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) released the new clinical care standard for third and fourth degree perineal tears.
ACHS supports the new standard which describe best practice care for the prevention, recognition and management of third and fourth degree perineal tears.
Australia currently reports a higher than average rate of women experiencing serious perineal injury during childbirth compared with similar countries in the OECD. The clinical care standard aims to reduce the risk of third and fourth degree perineal tears, and improve the care for women who experience them.
The ACHS Clinical Indicator Program supports the recording of the clinical indicators within the new standard for monitoring and improvement through PIRT. The 10 indicators are:
Reducing risk during pregnancy, labour and birth
Instrumental vaginal birth
Identifying third and fourth degree perineal tears
Submission of these indicators is free to ACHS members who submit the ACHS Maternity indicators, but they do need to be activated in our system.
Please contact the POS team if you would like to be involved in benchmarking these indicators for your organisation.
Visit the ACSQHC website for more information on the standard:
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