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Sepsis at a Nuring Home

Sepsis occurs when infection and inflammation spreads through the bloodstream and throughout the body. Chemicals released by the body to fight this infection cause inflammation that begins to affect the various bodily organs, and if sepsis is left untreated it will ultimately lead to death.

Sepsis is common in the elderly population because of their weakened immune systems and they are the group most likely to suffer complications due to sepsis.

Causes of Sepsis

Sepsis is caused by an infection and while any type of infection can lead to sepsis, it is most commonly seen in kidney, abdominal, and bloodstream infections.

Elderly patients in nursing homes are particularly at-risk for sepsis not only because of their weakened immune systems, but also because of their increased risk of pressure sores, urinary tract infections, use of catheters and intubation apparatuses, and other preexisting conditions.

When an infection of any type is suspected, it is important that it is treated quickly to prevent it from further spreading. Nursing home staff that are overworked or ill-trained may not recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis, putting your loved ones at risk.

Symptoms of Sepsis

Sepsis has three stages with three separate groups of symptoms. To increase the chances of survival, sepsis should be treated as soon as it is suspected as the longer sepsis continues untreated, the less likely a patient will recover.

The three stages of sepsis are:

First Stage Sepsis-AKA Sepsis

  • Heart rate over 90bpm;
  • Respiration over 20 breaths per minute;
  • A fever over 101.3 degrees Fahrenheit or hypothermia under 95 degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Confirmed infection.

Second Stage Sepsis-AKA Severe Sepsis

  • Decrease in urine output;
  • Breathing difficulties;
  • Heart abnormalities;
  • Abdominal pain;
  • Altered mental state.

Third Stage Sepsis-AKA Septic Shock

Someone in septic shock will display all the symptoms of First and Second Stage Sepsis but will also suffer from a severe drop in blood pressure that medical professionals will find difficult to restore to normal.

Sepsis can affect anyone of any age, but those with weakened immune systems such as elderly nursing home patients do not have the capability to fight against strong and deadly infections. If you feel that your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect that lead to sepsis, an experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and advise you on the best course of action for a claim.

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