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Syntocinon is a medication that is sometimes administered to induce labour, with the dose adjusted until the contractions follow a similar pattern to that of a natural labour. However, if you are administered Syntocinon unnecessarily, or if too high a dose is given, the consequences can be devastating. If you or a loved one has been affected by this, the team at JMW is here to help you secure the compensation to which you are entitled.
Speak to us about your Syntocinon negligence today by calling us on 0800 054 6512. If you would rather we contacted you, simply complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back to discuss your situation in more detail.
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Syntocinon is used to induce or speed up labour, but 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 used with caution.
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 muscles.
Syntocinon may be administered for a number of reasons before or during labour, including:
- Inducing labour
- Stimulating labour when the contractions are too weak
- Controlling heavy bleeding after the child has been delivered
- Helping with the management of some types of miscarriage
Syntocinon is usually administered via a drip into a vein, with the dose increased gradually to ensure the contraction pattern is the same as that which occurs during a labour that has started naturally.
While administering Syntocinon can have very important, even life-saving benefits, there is a danger that healthcare staff involved in childbirth may sometimes be too quick to administer it in order to speed up labour. It must therefore always be used with caution.
When the uterus contracts, 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 brain injury causing cerebral palsy. This irreparable damage to the baby's brain can mean they will never go on 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 many scenarios in which Syntocinon should not be used. These include when:
- The baby is short of oxygen/in distress
- The mother has unusually strong uterine contractions
- Induction of labour or vaginal delivery should not be performed, for example because the baby is in the wrong position
- There is an obstruction that may make vaginal delivery very difficult
The team at JMW has handled many cases where Syntocinon was administered in labour when it should not have been, or the dose given was too high. 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 treat your case with the sensitivity it deserves.
Our clinical negligence team is highly regarded throughout 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 for clinical negligence.