The aim of this study was to develop a new protocol for documentation of perineal lacerations and to validate the latter against the most common obstetric record system in Sweden. The hypothesis was that the new protocol would render more complete data on perineal lacerations than the current documentation method.
A protocol for documentation of perineal lacerations was developed to be sufficiently comprehensive to serve research purposes. All women delivering their first child vaginally from 13 October 2015 to 1 February 2016 at Örebro University Hospital were eligible for the validation study. Perineal lacerations were documented using the protocol in parallel with the regular obstetric record system (ObstetriX). Cross tabulations were used to compare the coverage regarding perineal lacerations between the two documentation methods. McNemar's test was used to evaluate systematic differences between the methods.
A total of 187 women were included. The coverage of documentation regarding perineal laceration was significantly higher (p?