Would You Look At Us!
Case Type: Medical Negligence *
Settled by: Caoimhe McConnell
Injury: Retention of Surgical Device *
Incident: The client gave birth to her daughter on the 24/08/2016 and was sent home from the hospital. She had an uncomfortable feeling of pressure all that day and when she woke up that night to use the bathroom she got a strong pain and an urge to push. She could see a foreign object coming from her vagina. She initially thought she was haemorrhaging. She called her mother to come and help her after retrieving the object that had at this stage fallen out of her. They had no idea what the object was. She called the hospital and they advised her to go in immediately and to bring her baby too. After spending a night in the hospital they confirmed that it was a medical tampon which had been left inside her since the birth of her daughter that had caused the aforementioned events to take place. She had suffered a first degree tear and the medical tampon had been used to stem blood flow from the uterus and maintain operative field visibility. She was given antibiotics and sent home. The advice was to go back in a week and when she returned she was told she was given the wrong antibiotics and would need to be put on another course of antibiotics. Laura* was concerned about the fact that she could have potentially suffered infection within the uterine cavity or more severely Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Case progression: Proceedings were instigated on the 11/06/2018
Settlement: The case was settled in the Circuit Court on the 26/06/2018. The case was settled in our favour as we had argued the point that this substandard treatment in terms of the medical tampon retention during the course of the repair was a never event.