Obstetrics / Vaginal delivery

Retained swab

Retained swab following Vaginal Delivery

Success story

Gertrude was delivered by forceps in 2001 at 39 weeks gestation. Following delivery she suffered a pelvic pain and developed an offensive vaginal discharge. On examination a tampon and a swab were found in the vagina. By 2004, the baby, Eric, had been diagnosed as suffering from global development delay, and remained under constant assessment. PMS Expert Report considered it totally negligent to leave two swabs in the vagina after suturing the episiotomy in preparation for forceps delivery. Routine checks to ensure that this does not happen had not been followed. On the other hand, there was no evidence that Eric was damaged during the labour. The case settled, and Gertrude received compensation for the unnecessary pain.

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