Cuts and lacerations during normal delivery without instrument

Obstetric trauma in this measure refers to cuts to the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) during a vaginal delivery.  This can happen when doctors deliver babies, both with and without instruments to aid in delivery.

Cuts to the perineum during a vaginal delivery without instrument are often preventable. Most of these injuries are minor, but there is potential for serious injury that requires therapy or treatment. We continue to work toward elimination of preventable OB trauma.

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of cuts and injury for every 1000 vaginal deliveries. It excludes instrument-assisted vaginal deliveries.

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Rate per 1000)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 14
National Average 22
Performance Trend (Rate per 1000)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 20 11 15 16 16 11 12 14
National Average 23.78 23.78 23.78 23.78 23.78 23.78 23.78 22
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
OB trauma - vaginal without instrument