Sepsis is caused by a complication to an injury. In this condition, the body fights an infection by releasing chemicals into the blood, only to have those chemicals cause an inflammatory reaction and then potential damage to organs or even organ failure. Often, sepsis begins with a rapid heart rate and high fever and can lead to septic shock or extremely low blood pressure which does not respond to treatment.
Sepsis can be very serious or even fatal. It is especially dangerous for those who are already ill or who are elderly. Unfortunately, this type of complication can occur after medical treatment, especially surgeries, and in the cases of some infections. It is a serious cause of injuries in nursing homes in Hollywood and South Florida.
In nursing homes, sepsis can occur for a variety of reasons. It can occur due to incorrect hygiene or incorrect wound care. It can also be an issue if residents don’t get adequate medical help, supervision and treatment as needed.
Nursing homes need to have staff who are trained to take care of elderly residents. Since the risk of sepsis is higher after surgery, after pneumonia, and after infections, staff should be careful to ensure residents get good treatment so their risk of sepsis is lower. Staff should also monitor residents carefully and act at once if they notice symptoms such as difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, fever, or any other signs of sepsis or serious complication.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with sepsis, it is important to get immediate medical care. This is a medical emergency and needs to be treated as such. If your loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition or has passed away due to this condition, there are many questions you may be asking. You may wonder whether the nursing home staff did everything they could to help prevent the sepsis in first place. If your loved one wasn’t given treatment immediately, this could represent a sign of negligence on the part of staff.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home and he or she has been seriously injured by sepsis, contact a personal injury attorney in Hollywood who specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney in Hollywood. Our legal team would be happy to sit down with you and explain your legal options to you.