Sepsis is a severe infection that results from untreated pressure sores, also known as bed sores. Though very avoidable, sepsis infections have resulted in the death of thousands of individuals. Many cases of sepsis infections have stemmed from negligence, specifically from nursing homes. Thus, sepsis most commonly occurs in elderly individuals.
In addition to that, the elderly are the demographic most likely to suffer serious complications as a result of sepsis. With most elderly individuals already having weakened immune systems, their bodies aren’t able to handle the infection or inflammation on its own, which often results in severe harm or death.
What Causes Sepsis?
Sepsis infections are known to result from pressure sores but can also result from many other infections. In fact, a few common types of infection that are linked to sepsis include pneumonia, abdominal infections, bloodstream infections, and kidney infections. In addition to that, patients who have preexisting injuries, including wounds or burns, are also at a greater risk for developing sepsis. Sepsis can be identified in three stages: sepsis, severe sepsis (also known as severe elder sepsis), and septic shock. Identifying a sepsis infection early on, can increase a person’s chance of surviving. However, the longer symptoms of sepsis go undiagnosed, the less likely a recovery is possible. With that said, here are the symptoms of the three stages:
First Stage Sepsis
● Fever that above 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit or below 95 degrees Fahrenheit
● Heart rate of 90 beats per minute (bpm) or higher
● Rate of respiration greater than 20 breaths per minute
● High likelihood of visibility or presence of an infection
Severe Elder Sepsis
● Breathing difficulties
● Abdominal pain
● Heart pumping abnormalities
● Decrease in urine excretion
● Rapid change in an individual’s mental state
If sepsis remains unchecked and untreated through the first two stages, a person may enter septic shock. Individuals in a state of elder septic shock exhibit the same symptoms of severe sepsis, but also experience an extreme drop in blood pressure. Restoring a patient’s blood pressure is quite difficult once an individual enters septic shock.
Nursing Home Abuse Linked to Sepsis
As aforementioned, many cases of sepsis infections have resulted out of negligence from nursing homes. With elderly individuals at an increased risk for getting sepsis, they must be attended to and checked regularly for any signs of pressure sores or infections that can lead to sepsis. State inspectors for nursing homes have cited thousands of homes nationally for shortcomings that have the potential to cause harm. One fatal case of sepsis in Chicago has a woman suing a nursing home for negligence and failure to diagnose her grandfather’s infection, which lead to his death. The woman, named Shana Dorsey, who’s lawsuit is pending in Cook County is one of many lawsuits pending across the country. With sepsis being a common problem in nursing homes, nursing home staff must deal with infections very quickly to prevent fatal situations. To learn more about the sepsis infection, the signs, and its occurrence in nursing homes, visit this website.
Call the Eichholz Law Firm for a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
With sepsis infections being avoidable and possible to identify early on, the amount of fatal sepsis cases should not be happening. When sepsis occurs in elderly individuals living in nursing homes, it is often the result of negligence from the nursing home staff. If you believed a loved one had sepsis due to nursing home abuse or the negligence of nursing home staff, contact the attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm. We have the experience to investigate the claim, and build a case.