Sepsis And Medical Malpractice
What is Sepsis?
According to the Mayo Clinic, sepsis is a life-threatening condition that is caused by the body’s response to infections. In most instances, the body will release chemicals, and cells, into the bloodstream to fight the infections. Sepsis is when the chemical response in the body is unbalanced which can cause changes in the body that can result in damaging organ systems.
Sepsis can happen to anyone, but it is most common and most dangerous in:
- Older people
- Children younger than 1
- Pregnant women
- Those with chronic conditions (such as cancer, diabetes, kidney, or lung disease)
- Those with weakened immune systems
The CDC states, “Each year, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis. Nearly 27,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis each year. One in three patients who die in a hospital have sepsis.”
WHAT ARE SIGNS OF SEPSIS?
Signs of sepsis include:
- Mental status changes
- Breathing rate of 22 breaths a minute or higher
- A systolic pressure equal or less than 100 (mm Hg)
The progression of sepsis can result in “septic shock” which is when there are changes in the vascular system, otherwise known as the circulatory system. Septic shock is more likely to cause death than sepsis. Though both are extremely dangerous and common in a hospital setting to those most “at-risk”, unfortunately. Another setting that sepsis will typically occur in are nursing homes. Nursing home and hospital negligence are both incredibly common problems that can cause traumatic suffering, or even death.
HOW TO PROSPER OVER SEPSIS?
According to the CDC, it’s important to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis. Be sure to take good care of any chronic conditions you may have and get all recommended vaccines. Always wash your hands and ensure that all cuts or open wounds are clean and covered until they are completely healed. Knowing the signs of sepsis such as a high heart rate and fever, or the feeling of being cold. This includes chills and shivering.
And act fast! Proper medical attention needs to be taken IMMEDIATELY if you suspect sepsis or have an infection that is not improving or is worsening.
WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF SEPSIS AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
Often, during difficult times, it’s complicated to think of everything that you need to do when tragedy strikes. For example, older people who are hospitalized with a condition unknown, or an entirely different condition altogether, usually have a domino effect when it comes to illness. This can result in issues such as sepsis. The part where negligence occurs is when the staff doesn’t treat it right away, or neglected to prevent the problem to begin with – a much harder case to make. But one that Martin Walker Law has no problem making.
Tragically, many of these cases go unreported. And for an entirely understandable reason.
WHAT IS A SOLUTION TO THIS COMMON PROBLEM?
Essentially, the problem is that most are not prepared for the “bad”. But we have a couple of steps that you can take to be prepared:
- Add a medical malpractice or personal injury lawyer to your contacts in your personal phone or in your personal directory. The official Martin Walker Law number is 903-526-1600.
- At the first sign of negligence, contact us. The sooner the problem is caught and told, the more solid the evidence.
In conclusion, sepsis is not just a condition. It’s a small epidemic. Learn more through the CDC or the Mayo Clinic about the signs and symptoms. If there is ever a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. And if you suspect any sign of neglect or mistreatment of any kind from a nursing home or hospital, call Martin Walker Law. We’re here to protect.