According to the National Institutes of Health, over a million Americans develop sepsis every year, and that number is likely to continue rising. Around a quarter of them die as a result. Sepsis is a life threatening complication of an infection. There are certain populations who are at a higher risk for getting sepsis than others, including the elderly, infants and children, individuals who are fighting certain illnesses, and individuals with compromised immune systems.
Sepsis can cause widespread inflammation throughout a person’s body, which can create major health complications such as organ damage, blood clots, leaking blood vessels, and oxygen deprivation. Sepsis can also cause low blood pressure, which can lead to septic shock. Septic shock can cause organ failure as well as death.
There are some common symptoms of sepsis. A septic patient may have breathing problems, fever, rapid breathing and heart rate, chills, unconsciousness, disorientation, and other symptoms. Sepsis can be hard to diagnose for some medical professionals, because the symptoms are commonly associated with other conditions. Doctors often order tests to determine whether bacteria is present, but if a patient was recently given antibiotics the tests can come back as negative even if they are positive.
Even if a septic person is diagnosed and treated in time, sepsis can do long-term damage to a person’s health. If you suffered from sepsis and were not properly diagnosed by a doctor, you should speak with an attorney. You may be able to hold the doctor liable for medical malpractice. Call the Houston medical malpractice attorney at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.