Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by the body going “into overdrive” in response to an infection, as the lawyers at Davis & Brusca, LLC, a nursing home sepsis lawyer New Jersey trusts, know all too well.
Sepsis develops when the chemicals released into the bloodstream by the immune system to fight an infection trigger a systemic inflammatory process throughout the body. Make no mistake about it, “sepsis” is a very serious condition. Severe cases can lead to a medical emergency known as “septic shock”, which is often fatal.
There are many sources of an infection which can trigger sepsis, including “bedsores.” Bedsores, a/k/a “pressure injuries”, are open wounds which can easily become infected. When bacteria from an infection enters the bloodstream, the body’s attempt to respond can lead to sepsis. Once sepsis sets in, it can progress rapidly resulting in systemic shock, organ failure and death.
There are three recognized stages of sepsis: 1) sepsis; 2) severe sepsis; and, 3) septic shock.
The following is a list of the symptoms of Sepsis that we, as a nursing home sepsis lawyer in New Jersey, commonly encounter (2 or more of must be present in order for a diagnosis of sepsis to be made):
When a person’s septic state has progressed to the point of causing organ failure, they have Severe Sepsis. One or more of the following signs must exist in order for severe sepsis to be diagnosed:
If your loved on is exhibiting any of these signs, it may be wise to contact a nursing home sepsis lawyer in New Jersey, like Davis & Brusca, LLC, as soon as possible.
The final sage, known as “septic shock”, is very serious. According to the Mayo Clinic, Septic shock has a 50 percent mortality rate. It can lower a person’s blood pressure, cause confusion and trigger other changes in mental acuity. Severe sepsis or septic shock can also cause other medical complications. Small blood clots can form throughout the body which can block the flow of blood and oxygen to vital organs and other parts of the body, triggering an increase in the risk of organ failure and tissue death (gangrene).
While it is possible for a person to survive a septic event, having had a case of severe sepsis increases their risk of developing a future infection. As such, a past history of sepsis is a significant medical event which should be reported to treating doctors.
Signs of sepsis to be on the “look out” for include:
Remember, a septic infection is a medical emergency which requires immediate medical care.!Failure to initiate prompt medical treatment can cause the person’s immune system to become quickly overwhelmed, and may possibly lead to death.
BEDSORES & SEPSIS
Bedsores form when a person with a limited ability to move on their own is not turned and repositioned regularly. Sustained pressure on the tissues overlying the bony prominences causes restricted blood and oxygen flow, causing the tissues to die. As little as two hours of sustained pressure can cause a bed sore to form, as a New Jersey nursing home sepsis lawyer, like Davis & Brusca, LLC., can explain.
Bedsores can easily become infected, creating a serious risk of sepsis. If the bedsore is not properly treated and becomes infected, sepsis can set in and progress rapidly to septic shock. Septic shock can cause damage to internal organs or lead to brain damage, amputations, and even death.
If your loved one has received improper or negligent care at the hands of a nursing home resulting in bedsores or sepsis, you may have a case. Contact Davis & Brusca, LLC, the nursing home sepsis lawyer New Jersey families turn to, today for a free case evaluation.