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Syntocinon Negligence Claims
If you have been administered Syntocinon unnecessarily to induce labour, or been given too high of a dose, the consequences can be devastating. At JMW Solicitors, our medical negligence solicitors can help you to claim compensation in these circumstances if an injury has been caused to you or your baby.
Our specialist solicitors understand the difficulty you may be experiencing, and we will do our utmost to secure the compensation you deserve to help you to get your life back on track.
Speak to us about your case today by calling 0345 872 6666 or, if you would rather we contacted you, simply complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you to discuss your situation in more detail.
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While administering Syntocinon can have very important, even life-saving benefits, there is a danger that doctors or midwives may sometimes be too quick to administer the hormone to speed up labour. It must, therefore, always be used with caution.
The team at JMW Solicitors has handled many cases where Syntocinon was administered during labour when it should not have been, or the dose given was too high, causing the baby to suffer permanent brain damage. We understand that it can be extremely difficult for families who have already been through a highly emotional and distressing time to then go through legal proceedings; however, we are here to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
We take a proactive yet sympathetic approach to every claim we take on, and will, therefore, treat your case with the sensitivity it deserves.
Our clinical negligence team is highly regarded across the UK and is headed by leading solicitor Eddie Jones. The team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and the Law Society’s specialist panel of clinical negligence solicitors.
What is Syntocinon?
Syntocinon is used to induce or speed up labour. While it can be beneficial to use in some instances and can save lives by helping to deliver a baby where there are concerns about the health of a pregnancy, it must be administered with caution.
A Syntocinon injection contains synthetic oxytocin, which causes the muscles of the uterus to contract during labour, thus speeding up the rate of contractions. The natural hormone oxytocin is usually released by the pituitary gland in the brain to stimulate the uterus.
What is Syntocinon used for?
Syntocinon may be administered for a number of reasons before or during labour, including:
- Inducing labour
- Stimulating labour when contractions are too weak
- Controlling heavy bleeding after the baby has been delivered
- Helping with the management of some types of miscarriage
Syntocinon is usually administered via a drip into a vein, and the dose is increased gradually to ensure the contraction pattern is the same as that which occurs during natural labour.
What are the dangers associated with Syntocinon?
When the uterus contracts in childbirth, the baby becomes compressed and its blood and oxygen supply is temporarily restricted. By forcing the uterus to contract more quickly, the baby has less time to recover between contractions and can be starved of oxygen, resulting in a brain injury causing cerebral palsy. This irreparable damage to the baby’s brain can mean they will be unable to lead an independent life.
Hospital managers must ensure that staff are highly trained on how to administer Syntocinon appropriately and that thorough checks and assessments are made on each individual case.
There are several scenarios in which Syntocinon should not be used. These include when:
- The baby is short of oxygen or in distress
- The mother has unusually strong uterine contractions
- Induction of labour or vaginal delivery should not be performed, for example, if the baby is in the wrong position
- There is an obstruction that may make vaginal delivery very difficult