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The Facts About Nursing Home Sepsis

No one wants to think about the incredible painful infection of sepsis, especially when it comes to our elderly parents and loved ones. But the truth is that when urinary tract infections, bedsores and wounds are not promptly and correctly treated, sepsis can happen.

Not sure how the sepsis infection happened? Speak with a member of our nursing home abuse and neglect team to get answers and understand your rights. Call Reddick Law at 877-930-2080 for a free consultation.

How Does Sepsis Happen?

Sepsis happens when a wound is not treated properly and promptly. When there is a wound that is not cleaned, bacteria will multiply. The body then releases toxins into the bloodstream to fight off that bacteria. Sepsis is basically a chain reaction to a preventable initial infection.

The signs of sepsis are an infection and:

  • A fever of 101 or higher
  • Rapid breathing and tachycardia (pulse of over 90)
  • Not eating
  • Decreased mental awareness or acuity

People who are older, less mobile and have other health issues and a weakened immune system are more vulnerable to sepsis. Not providing early treatment to sepsis can be considered elder abuse or neglect by facility staff.

The Three Stages Of Sepsis

Sepsis is a progressive medical condition. However, because it can be fatal, it is a medical emergency at any stage. The three stages are:

  1. Initial onset, “sepsis”
  2. Second stage, “severe sepsis”
  3. Septic shock

Sepsis is very serious at any stage and can cause lifelong damage to organs, including kidney failure. It is important for medical personnel and staff to recognize sepsis early and then treat it. Not doing so is both negligence and medical malpractice.

The Attorneys To Turn To In Nursing Home Sepsis

We represent individuals and their families in nursing home neglect and abuse cases. We will investigate what happened and prove that the sepsis happened due to the negligence of the medical personnel or staff. We have recovered over $1 billion for the families of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, including sepsis. Our mission is to protect our nation’s elderly community. 

We have several offices and take cases across the nation. We represent clients nationwide. Let us know what your issue is by calling us at 877-930-2080 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case assessment.