Hospital-acquired infections are not uncommon, and when treated properly (and quickly) they may not be all that dangerous to a patient. But when an infection goes undiagnosed or untreated for too long, conditions like sepsis can result.
Contrary to what many believe, sepsis itself isn’t an infection. Rather, it’s a potential complication of all types of infections. Essentially, sepsis is the presence of harmful bacteria and their toxins in the tissues of the body. It’s most commonly a result of an infection in a wound. Sepsis occurs when an individual’s immune system releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight infection. Instead of doing so, they cause inflammation throughout the body.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.7 million people contract sepsis each year in the U.S. The condition also takes the lives of 350,000 American adults each year. The Mayo Clinic diagnosis of sepsis include at least two of the following:
Various types of infections can eventually lead to sepsis. The most common types include:
Sepsis is very serious, and lack of diagnosis or treatment can prove fatal. In many cases, the patient could have a medical malpractice claim if his or her doctor failed to prevent, diagnose or treat the condition and subsequent infection. You may have a claim for malpractice if any of the following acts of negligence were related to you developing sepsis, and if you sustained damages as a result of that negligence:
With nearly 30 years of experience as medical malpractice lawyers, we have handled some of the most difficult and devastating cases in Pennsylvania. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and injury in Pennsylvania and the United States and we strive to secure maximum recoveries for victims and their families. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with sepsis, contact our medical malpractice attorney, Melissa Scartelli, today. You can reach our office at 570-346-2600.
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