Although sepsis is difficult to diagnose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared it a medical emergency and the organization indicates that clinicians could be doing more to catch the warning signs.
A recent survey shows that 70 percent of those who acquired sepsis had recently used health care services or had chronic conditions that require frequent medical care. However, approximately 80 percent of those with sepsis developed it outside of the hospital.
If you or a loved one suffered or died from sepsis, contact the medical malpractice injury lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy to discuss your legal options.
The survey indicates that health care providers have a vital role in recognizing the warning signs of sepsis and catching it before it is too late. This role is even more important for those who provide long-term care because sepsis is more common in those over age 65 or who have chronic medical conditions.
To carry out this critical role, the CDC is encouraging health care providers to educate family members about sepsis and ask them to help watch for warning signs. Identifying symptoms and considering sepsis when learning of symptoms is extremely important. Symptoms of sepsis include:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Extreme pain or discomfort
- Clammy or sweaty skin
- Shivering or fever
Four types of infections will most often lead to sepsis: lung infection, urinary tract infection, gut infection and skin infection.
Sepsis occurs when the body overcompensates when battling an infection. It can cause serious health issues, including organ failure, tissue damage and even death. Sepsis is considered a medical emergency, so medical professionals need to act fast to deal with potential symptoms.
It is your health care provider’s responsibility to recognize and address your health issues. A failure to detect sepsis can be considered a form of negligence, which means that you may have legal options.
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