Hospitals get guidelines after miscarriage scandal
Published 14/01/2011 | 05:00
THE HSE has finally published new guidelines for hospitals to deal with miscarriages -- more than six months after the miscarriage misdiagnosis scandal.
The guidelines will be issued to all 19 maternity wards across the country and they outline how to deal with early pregnancy loss.
The HSE announced the drafting of the guidelines after the Irish Independent last June revealed the case of Melissa Redmond, who was wrongly told her unborn son Michael was dead and after scores of other women went public with similar experiences.
Ms Redmond was supplied with abortion-inducing medicine after a scan was carried out on old and faulty equipment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Melissa saved her son's life after she sought a second opinion from her local GP.
There were no permanent, trained scan staff attached to the early pregnancy unit in Drogheda and there were no written guidelines for the investigation and management of early pregnancy problems.
There were no guidelines in place regarding scanning techniques and viewing scans. The new guidelines published yesterday seek to ensure that those problems do not arise again.