Sepsis is an infection that surfaces in individuals who have an immune system that is weakened like patients who are ill in the hospital, residents within a nursing home, the older population, and children. Contracting this medical condition places a great threat to the life of the patient. Treatment is quite effective when sepsis has been detected in its early stage. If the detection of sepsis occurred too late in time, the patient can endure catastrophic injuries and even die because of this. When medical negligence causes the patient to develop sepsis, the damages that they acquire from it can be awarded back to them proceeding a litigation for malpractice.
Sepsis is often referred to as blood poisoning. The way sepsis surfaces is when the immune system of the individual responds to full force to a bacteria that enters through an open wound like that of a pressure sore. When the immune system reacts to full force, the consequences of that reaction can be worse than the immune system not having reacted so fiercely. In other words, the reaction of the body to the infection is more threatening than the infection itself. Sepsis is a serious condition requiring immediate treatment. If medical negligence played a part with a sepsis patient in Orlando, then the sepsis malpractice lawyers at the Orlando firm can come to the rescue.
Some examples of medical negligence during sepsis include, not diagnosing it correctly, not taking proper measures once sepsis has been diagnosed, not keeping area sanitized of bacteria, lack of treatment, not administering antibiotics immediately upon discovery of sepsis, and more. If there are suspicions of sepsis, medical professionals must take swift action before it is too late.
How Can I Recognize the Presence of Sepsis?
There may be confusion with patients who have sepsis, which is why it sometimes goes misdiagnosed. Medical professionals might believe that the patient has the common flu when in fact they have contracted sepsis. Here are the typical symptoms to look out for:
- Body temperature that is less than 95 Fahrenheit or above 101.3 Fahrenheit
- Heart rate exceeding 90 beats every minute
- Cold Shivers
- Difficulty with breathing
- Changes in bowel movement like diarrhea
- A decrease in urine
- Excessive respiration
- Blotchy skin
Because these symptoms are often seen with other medical conditions, it might be difficult to determine the presence of sepsis without conducting all proper tests.
Orlando Sepsis Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If sepsis is diagnosed early, then there is a high chance that the patient will recover fully. At its later stages, sepsis can be deadly. If medical negligence was present during the manifestation of the patient’s sepsis, a litigation for malpractice can be filed by the victim with a skilled lawyer in Orlando at Percy Martinez Sepsis Malpractice Law Firm.