Why we should be aware of sepsis symptoms

close up of male doctor holding x-ray or roentgen imageIt is important for everyone to be able to recognise the symptoms of sepsis as early treatment is vital if serious injury and even death, is to be avoided.

Sources of sepsis

There are many ways in which sepsis can develop; from a simple cut on a hand which at first glance seems innocuous, from developing the disease whilst as a patient in hospital.

Whilst recovering from an operation or other treatment in hospital, it stands to reason that you are more susceptible to further infection. As your body is concentrating on fighting an existing infection or recovering from surgery, your immune system can be less effective and as such, other infections can take hold. If an infection such as sepsis occurs in this situation, it can take hold incredibly quickly and the risk of further damage to the body is increased.

In instances such as this, vital signs of sepsis can be misdiagnosed or missed altogether which could lead to serious injury to the patient, from amputation to damage to internal organs. In extreme cases it can also lead to death.

Where sepsis occurs due to medical negligence there could be a compensation claim for sepsis misdiagnosis. A specialist medical negligence solicitor will be able to help you make a sepsis claim and help the victim receive compensation for the injuries sustained.

Infections that can be associated with sepsis

There are many ways in which sepsis can be contracted, but certain conditions seem to be at increased risk of developing the disease. Of course, having something on this list does not mean you will develop sepsis, it just means historically there have been increased incidences in conjunction with the following conditions:

  • Pneumonia
  • Appendicitis
  • Peritonitis
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Cholecystitis or cholangitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Post-surgery infections
  • Flu (in some cases)

Everyone is at risk of developing sepsis, but some people including the elderly, babies under 1 year old and those already undergoing treatment are more susceptible.

If you need to talk to a legal professional about making a claim for sepsis compensation, please contact us for a free initial chat.

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