"Pregnancy loss "

About: Mater Adult Hospital / Emergency Department

(as the patient),

I was experiencing bleeding during my pregnancy and reported to the ED. I was seen after waiting 3 hours and was told that my baby was ok and an appointment was made in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit for the following week. I was discharged.

On the trip home, my bleeding increased significantly and I made the decision to return to the ED. On returning, the Nurse caring for me sighted the loss and suggested that my waters may have broken.

I saw the Dr who asked me what I wanted them to do. I requested an ultrasound but was refused as it wasn't perceived as a life or death situation. I requested the earlier loss be sighted as I was aware of the significance if my waters had in fact broken. The matter was not investigated any further. I was sent home without any further action.

4 days later, I developed an acute uterine infection and my baby was stillborn at 16 weeks 3 days.

It is my belief that this infection may have been prevented had proper investigations been done regarding the rupture of my membranes.

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