Sepsis is a serious medical condition, which is most common in elderly individuals. It is characterized by inflammation that spreads throughout the body in response to an infection, which can damage the body systems and sometimes result in death.
Preventing infections, or treating them effectively, is the first line of defense against sepsis. Properly caring for wounds or surgical sites and promptly treating respiratory, kidney or other infections can reduce the chance of developing this dangerous condition. If sepsis does develop, early detection and treatment, especially in elderly patients, is critical to an individual’s survival.
Unfortunately, nursing home negligence may lead to an elderly resident succumbing to an infection. Failure to treat an infection promptly and properly, such as a infected bedsore or respiratory illness, may put your family member at risk for developing sepsis.
If you believe that your loved one has suffered from sepsis due to the negligence of nursing home staff, it is important to contact an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer to hold the nursing home accountable. Contact the Des Moines nursing neglect lawyers of John T. Hemminger for help if your family member has been a victim of a negligent nursing home.
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