Sepsis Cases Caused by Nursing Home Neglect
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Sepsis occurs when bacteria enter into an open wound, catheter, or IV line and cause a severe infection. Chemicals that battle the infection enter the bloodstream, prompt inflammation throughout the body, and create blood clots that block nutrients and oxygen from reaching vital organs. Sepsis and septic shock can occur when bed sores or pressure sores develop on elderly residents of nursing homes. Sepsis is a clear and unacceptable sign of nursing home abuse and neglect. In most instances of sepsis, the nursing home is too understaffed to attentively care for their residents.
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How to Identify Sepsis
Doctors regard sepsis as a three-stage syndrome beginning with sepsis, leading to severe sepsis, and progressing to septic shock. Symptoms of sepsis include a fever above 101.3 or below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, a pulse rate higher than 90 beats/minute, a respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths/minute, and probable infection.
Signs of severe sepsis include the following:
- Mottled skin
- Decreased platelet count,
- Abrupt change in mental status
- Abnormal heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Decreased urination
Victims of septic shock typically display various symptoms of severe sepsis, along with extremely low blood pressure. As sepsis progresses, blood flow to vital organs becomes impaired. This leads to blood clots, possible organ failure, and tissue death. If the infection is not treated immediately, the victim will most likely enter septic shock, which is when the infection progresses into life-threatening low blood pressure and poor organ function.
Those most at risk of entering septic shock are dealing with the following:
- Recent infection
- Recent surgery of medical procedure
- Steroid medications
Because of Medicaid and Medicare funding cuts, nursing home employees are overworked and understaffed. Bed sores, open wounds, catheters and IV lines become breeding grounds for bacteria, and if left untreated, will result in sepsis, induction to a hospital ICU, and ultimately premature death.
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When visiting your loved one at a nursing home or assisted living facility, look for common signs of elder abuse and neglect, such as unclean bed linens, repeatedly wearing the same unlaundered clothes, inattentiveness of staff, regularly dirty living space, and untreated wounds.
The Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm urge you to report any incidents of nursing home abuse and seek legal counsel. If your elderly loved one has suffered from sepsis or any other type of nursing home neglect, contact our seasoned and award-winning team immediately. We will travel to you, whether that's in Chicago, Illinois or another location anywhere in the U.S.
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