Investigation into Detection of Retained Vaginal Swabs and Tampons Following Childbirth.

Farnborough, UK; Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch; December 18, 2019.

Maternal care during and after childbirth is at risk for never events including retained foreign objects. This analysis of a sentinel event involving a retained surgical tampon after childbirth discusses communication, fatigue, and process factors that contributed to the incident. The report suggests improved handoffs as one improvement strategy.