As frequently mentioned on this site, the existence of bedsores (also commonly referred to as bed sores, pressure sores, and pressure ulcers) are problematical for many reasons. This is especially so if pressure sores are not properly treated after they develop. If bedsores are not quickly and properly treated, further deterioration is likely to occur, as are many serious direct and indirect adverse health consequences.
Bedsores are relatively common among those older residents (and in some cases others as well) in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other health care facilities, as seen in various statistics.
One of the potential complications arising from severe bedsores is that of infections and sepsis. Sepsis has been mentioned in a variety of Illinois nursing home lawsuits regarding the development and adverse health consequences of pressure sores.
As to what is sepsis, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medline Plus resource defines it as the following:
Sepsis is an illness in which the body has a severe response to bacteria or other germs.
This response may be called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).
The Mayo Clinic also has provides a definition in its overview of sepsis.
Medline Plus states the following:
The symptoms of sepsis are not caused by the germs themselves. Instead, chemicals the body releases cause the response.
A bacterial infection anywhere in the body may set off the response that leads to sepsis.
It also provides a list of common places of infection, and then states:
For patients in the hospital, common sites of infection include intravenous lines, surgical wounds, surgical drains, and sites of skin breakdown, known as bedsores or pressure ulcers.
As to symptoms of sepsis, it states:
In sepsis, blood pressure drops, resulting in shock. Major organs and body systems, including the kidneys, liver, lungs, and central nervous system stop working properly because of poor blood flow.
A change in mental status and very fast breathing may be the earliest signs of sepsis.
Other symptoms are also listed. Further discussion of septic shock is also provided.
Mayo Clinic’s discussion of sepsis is also noteworthy. Symptoms are listed for both sepsis as well as severe sepsis. Causes, risk factors, and complications are also discussed. Under “Complications” it states the following:
Most people recover from mild sepsis, but the mortality rate for septic shock is nearly 50 percent. Also, an episode of severe sepsis may place you at higher risk of future infections.
Medline Plus also mentions the severity of sepsis:
Sepsis is often life threatening, especially in people with a weakened immune system or a long-term (chronic) illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides the following description of the symptoms of sepsis:
There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is, rather, a combination of symptoms. Since sepsis is the result of an infection, symptoms can include infection signs (diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, etc.), as well as ANY of the symptoms below:
S—Shivering, fever, or very cold
E—Extreme pain or general discomfort (“worst ever”)
P—Pale or discolored skin
S—Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
I—”I feel like I might die”
S—Short of breath
The CDC also provides this statistic:
Sepsis can be deadly. It kills more than 258,000 Americans each year and leaves thousands of survivors with life-changing after effects. According to CDC, there are over 1 million cases of sepsis each year, and it is the ninth leading cause of disease-related deaths.
Should you or your loved one suffer from bedsores and/or sepsis, such adverse health conditions may well be caused by a lack of proper health care. This lack of care may represent negligence on the part of the health care provider, whether it is a nursing home, assisted living facility, retirement home or hospital. The nursing home lawyers at the Elman Law Group can determine if a lawsuit can be filed against the health care provider for the adverse health impacts that such negligence has caused.
If the negligence that caused the pressure sores and/or sepsis leads to the death of the nursing home resident, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed.
Tony Elman, Lead Attorney of the Elman Law Group, offers a free legal consultation in cases of potential nursing home negligence and/or wrongful death cases. During this consultation, he can discuss the process needed to get compensation, and also indicate how much your case may be worth. Tony Elman can be reached anytime at (773) 392-8182.
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