Reference 2021-21

REF: 2021-21           

Subject: Surgical Swabs      

    

 

Request:

This is a freedom of information request regarding swabs (surgical gauze swabs) that are used in obstetrics (birth packs, suture kits etc) and open surgeries such as laparotomies and incidents where swabs have been accidentally left within a patient.

  1. Within the last 3 years, have there been any incidents recorded where a gauze swab was retained in the body cavity of a patient?

2a.  If yes, was compensation paid to the patient(s)?

2b.  What was the total value of compensation paid to the patient(s)?

  1. With regards to purchasing, how many procedure packs and swabs packs were purchased in the last complete financial year? Please provide your responses in the table below if possible, indicating in the table if the data supplied relates to individual packs or carton quantities. If carton quantities (the number of boxes of product ordered) are provided, please also state the number of packs supplied per carton.

 

Product Type Number of packs purchased* Additional information re: number of packs per carton
Birth packs (standard delivery packs containing gauze swabs and other supplies)    
Suture packs (e.g. used to repair vaginal tears containing gauze swabs and other supplies)    
Laparotomy packs    
Swab packs (packs of 5 swabs used in surgery to pack open wounds, absorb blood etc).    

 

  1. Regarding brands and suppliers, which brands of product are being used and who is supplying them?
Product Type Brands used Supplied by
Birth packs (standard delivery packs containing gauze swabs and other supplies)    
Suture packs (e.g. used to repair vaginal tears containing gauze swabs and other supplies)    
Laparotomy packs    
Swab packs (packs of 5 swabs used in surgery to pack open wounds, absorb blood etc).    

 

  1. Are any of the following swab safety products purchased for used in surgery? These products are safety products designed to help clinicians count swabs in and out of the body.

o    SwabSafe™ (Central Medical Supplies)

o    Surgicount™ (Stryker)

o    Situate™ (Medtronic)

 

 

Response:

Please find information attached.

 

2021-21 – FOI Request – Surgical swabs [178 KB PDF]