Retained Swab During Childbirth

If you have been left with a retained swab inside you during childbirth you will, not surprisingly, be worried, angry and keen to seek some help and redress. We have helped many people in exactly the same position as you, so please do not worry any longer.

Why Is A Swab Retained After Childbirth?

Swabs are used during labour to clean and to absorb blood which is naturally produced during the birth. Generally all swabs are counted and the same number of swabs used are also counted out before being discarded. However, sometimes during labour mistakes are made and a swab might be left inside you.

What Should Happen Next?

A retained swab should be discovered as soon as possible after birth. Hopefully it is detected in the examination before any stitching, or during a routine inspection carried out soon after delivery. If not detected, a retained swab can cause serious complications.

What Are The Possible Complications Of A Retained Swab?

Complications of a retained swab can present themselves in the following way:-

  • A high Fever;
  • Infection;
  • Pain;
  • Haemorrhage;
  • Psychological problems.

Retained Swabs and Medical Negligence

A retained swab is evidence of sub-standard level of care during your labour. You can and should seek advice about making a claim for medical negligence, not only for compensation, but to ensure that standards of care are improved in the hospital in question. We offer completely free initial assessments, so please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete a Quick Online Enquiry now.

Why Glynns Are Best Placed To Help You.

If we can help you to make a claim for compensation you will benefit from the following funding options:

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  • Private Funding
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