Retained Swabs

Whether you give birth with no intervention or via a caesarean section, there is often a need for surgical swabs to be used. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a failure to follow formal medical procedures and the used swabs are left in after surgery.

Why are retained swabs bad? 
Swabs that have been left behind can cause infection, high temperature (also known as pyrexia), bleeding after birth (known as secondary postpartum haemorrhage), psychological problems and even maternal death. Interestingly, the statistics show that most swabs are retained following a vaginal delivery, rather than a caesarean section. 

What can cause retained swabs?
There is no excuse for it. When dealing with swabs in a maternity setting, each NHS Trust will have strict procedures in place. These policies were put in place due to the levels of retained swabs rising. 

I have suffered from a retained swab - what next?
If you have suffered from a retained swab after surgery, you have experienced something that no one would want to go through, and at a time when you should be enjoying your new life as a mother.

Please contact us to discuss your experience in more detail as you may be entitled to a medical negligence claim. As there are such strict guidelines and procedures in place with regards to using swabs within a maternity setting, it will be difficult for the NHS trust to be able to argue against your case.

Your first conversation with us will always be free so don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your options.

Contact our team to discuss your potential claim by email or call 0117 929 0333

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