Sepsis Injuries in Nursing Homes
Sepsis, or septicemia, is a bacterial blood infection. Under normal circumstances, the white blood cells in your body work to rid the blood of bacteria. However, if a person has an unusually large amount of bacteria in their system, sepsis may occur.
Nursing home residents with sepsis may experience fever, chills, rapid breathing and irregular heartbeat, and/or loss of appetite. Sepsis may often develop when there is an infection in another part of the body, such as a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection. In severe cases, sepsis may infect the brain or the heart, which could be fatal.
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that sepsis infects nearly two million adults across the U.S. each year. Hundreds of thousands of those infected die as a result.
It may surprise you to hear that the skin is one of the main infection sites leading to sepsis. Normally, the skin provides a barrier against viral and bacterial threats. However, when there is a cut or open wound, a bacterial infection could develop and lead to sepsis. Surgical sites are one common way this happens. However, points of entry for intravenous lines and other common nursing home injuries, such as bedsores are also vulnerable to sepsis.
Sepsis prevention is possible and should include frequent monitoring of a resident’s skin. It is critical to monitor any open wounds, including bedsores. Preventing bedsores from developing at all is critical. If sepsis develops in a resident who was improperly monitored or treated, the medical professionals in charge of administering care may be held liable.
Sepsis can kill residents who otherwise might have fully recovered from their original injuries or illnesses. In a wrongful death suit related to sepsis, the family must show that the victim’s death was due to sepsis. Additionally, plaintiff’s must also prove that the infection and resulting damages was due to the facility’s negligence.
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If you suspect your loved one is the victim of any type of nursing home abuse or neglect, we urge you to seek legal help right away. A New Mexico nursing home abuse attorney can help to protect your loved one’s rights. If your loved one has suffered injuries or harm due to neglect. We are also prepared to seek maximum compensation to aid the recovery of you or your loved one’s damages.
At PKSD, our highly trained nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to protecting elderly victims who are unable to protect themselves. We are also deeply committed to preventing negligence and abuse from occurring in nursing homes.
Our New Mexico nursing home negligence attorneys have a history of proven results. We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients, and we are always prepared to work relentlessly to hold nursing homes accountable.
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