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Contracting Sepsis and a Possible Lawsuit

Sepsis in its basic definition means a massive infection in your body. The question is how it occurs, why it should matter to you, and how it could be grounds for a medical malpractice case. For instance, say you have undergone a surgical procedure, and the surgeon has inadvertently injured your bowel or colon during the surgery, and does not know about it.

Due to this injury to the bowel, your feces will leak out into your abdomen. Feces are not supposed to be in your abdomen, and when it winds up in your belly, it becomes an irritant and infects your abdomen. The infection that has occurred in your abdomen has the potential to spread across your entire body. When all this happens, you will be very sick and your condition will be serious.

Failure to Diagnose Sepsis

In cases where there is failure to diagnose, let's say bowel perforation, the reason why it is so deadly, is that most times the doctor does not recognize the perforation has taken place in the bowel. The patient's condition can become worse within days or even within hours after the surgery. If the patient is still in the hospital, the staff will do various types of tests to find out why the patient's condition has deteriorated. By the time, they figure out what has caused the patient to become so sick, it might be too late, and patient might die.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Case Based on Sepsis

The hospital will say the patient has died of sepsis, but the patient's close relations might not know what that means. Well, sepsis means a massive infection, which could not be controlled due to various reasons. In each of these cases, the question is if the condition had been recognized and treated as soon as it had occurred, would the outcome be any different.

In many instances, the answer would be yes. If the doctor had recognized that the bowel perforation during the course of surgery, it could have been repaired right there and then. The surgical team could have washed the patient's abdomen of whatever contaminants were there, and prevented the occurrence of any infection. Then the doctor could also profelactively teat the patient, which means the patient would be put on a course of antibiotics that would kill any kind of germs present in the abdomen, and prevent the chances of infection from spreading.

The Worst Result

Cases of sepsis have been increasing in hospitals across the country due to many reasons. Apart from the carelessness of the doctor, sepsis can occur due to unhygienic condition in the operating room. Sepsis has three forms, uncomplicated, severe, and septic shock. However, the delay in the right treatment for uncomplicated sepsis can result in the condition progressing to septic shock, where multiple organs of the patient get diseased and the patient eventually dies.

Secondly, other health problems and the condition of the patient could impede the treatment of sepsis, or the patient might not respond to certain antibiotics. Therefore, sepsis is to be taken seriously, and it is a strong basis for filing a medical malpractice case.

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