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If treated quickly, sepsis is a relatively easy infection to treat – antibiotics are usually enough. However, when signs of sepsis are missed, and treatment is not administered in a timely manner, it can have devastating consequences.
In a recent case involving both Newham GP Cooperative and Barts Heath NHS Trust, a 39 year old mother of 2 had her symptoms of sepsis misdiagnosed over the course of a number of days, which resulted in her death.
There are many other cases where patients who have developed sepsis have limbs amputated, internal organ damage and have developed neurological problems. In any case where the sepsis infection was missed or misdiagnosed by medical professionals, patients may never be able to work again, and may have to change their life completely to adapt to their new circumstances. In cases where the patient has had lifechanging surgery, a specialist medical negligence solicitor will be able to help pursue a claim for sepsis misdiagnosis.
Compensation received from a sepsis claim can help with all manner of costs associated to adapting to a new lifestyle, from small changes around the home to make getting around easier, to payments for loss of future income, if appropriate.
In April 2019, NHS England issued new guidelines regarding the treatment of sepsis including the need to look for early signs of sepsis when a patient first registers in A&E, and any patients who are already on a ward.
Jason Brady of Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors said
“It is excellent news that the NHS are focussing on identifying sepsis at an early stage. This is important as sepsis is a serious life-threatening condition and missing the early signs can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life. Hopefully this focus will lead to a reduction in the number of incidents involving sepsis.”
In 2018, the NHS produced the Suspicion of Sepsis Dashboard. This was created to measure the number of patients admitted to hospital and are at risk of developing sepsis.
The ambulance service is now trialling a tool to help identify patients at risk of deterioration due to sepsis which is hoped will improve the speed and effectiveness of the treatment of those patients.
If you have reason to claim compensation for sepsis misdiagnosis, contact us now for free initial advice.