Change to maternity packs


In line with best practice and national recommendations the swabs within the maternity packs will be changing (as new packs are ordered). The new swabs are larger at 22.5cm x 22.5cm, contain a tail, and are X-ray detectable.

Current packs with the smaller swabs can still be used, although during handover to the midwife please highlight which type has been used and how many. This information is vital if any swabs have been used in postpartum care. Please also record this information on the patient care record.

If you have any queries, please contact your line manager in the first instance.

This information is also available as a clinical bulletin to print and put up at stations.

Published 23rd October 2014 

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