Sepsis is most commonly known to most people as “blood poisoning.” It is caused when a hospital or nursing home patient is overwhelmed by bacteria as the result of an infection.Sepsis Diagnosis and Treatment
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition that requires immediate and aggressive treatment, typically in a hospital Intensive Care Unit using intravenous antibiotics. If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home neglect which has lead to sepsis, you may need legal help from an experienced attorney.
Diagnosing Sepsis in a Nursing Home Patient could entail:
If an nursing home resident is suspected of sepsis, they will likely need a blood sample taken to be tested for:
- Presence of infection
- Blood clots or issues clotting
- Liver or kidney malfunction
- Lack of oxygen in blood
- Lack of electrolyte
- Additional lab testing
- Test urine for signs of bacteria
- Test a sample of the wound's secretions
- Test mucus secretion
- Imaging tests, like
- Computerized tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Warm Skin
- Dehydration/decrease in urine
- Rapid Heartbeat
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Tragically, many hospital and nursing home patients are killed by a sepsis infection when they otherwise would have recovered from the underlying medical condition had they been provided with proper care and a sterile environment.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010 found that patients who developed sepsis spent and extra 11 days in the hospital at a cost of $32,900. One in five sepsis patients died as a result of the infection.How Sepsis is Treated
Sepsis is typically treated using a “broad spectrum” antibiotic with the ability to destroy a wide-range of bacteria. Once blood tests determine the nature of the infection, specific antibiotics can then be used to treat the sepsis-causing infection. This process of identifying and targeting the bacteria often requires extensive testing and the removal of infected intravenous lines, surgical drains and other contaminated medical equipment. Additionally, identifying sepsis at its earliest stages can be vital to providing a patient with the best chance of recovery.
If you or a loved one has developed sepsis in a Chicago nursing home or hospital environment, contact the Chicago injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. to discuss your rights. There are no fees unless you win.
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