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Sepsis or septicemia is a severe illness in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria and can cause the entire body to be in an inflammatory state called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) or septic shock. A lay term for sepsis is blood poisoning. Failure to diagnose and failure to treat your infection is a form of medical negligence. The award-winning Philadelphia sepsis & infection attorneys at The Beasley Firm have decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases, and we have secured innumerable, substantial recoveries viaverdicts or settlements for the victims of malpractice. If you suffered from sepsis or blood poisoning during a hospital stay, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and medical costs.
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Sepsis can start out as a bacterial infection anywhere in the body. Common places where an infection may start include:
Neonatal sepsis, or an infection in a newborn, is usually caused by prolonged rupture of the membranes, amniotic sac or water bag, Group B strep, Chlamydia, meconium aspiration, infected central lines or umbilical lines, or untreated necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
If an infection is not properly diagnosed and treated right away, it can lead to the bacteria taking over the body and causing a reaction that damages the vascular system, leading to a very low blood pressure and lack of blood and oxygen to the major organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and extremities.
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What sets us apart from other lawyers is our fierce dedication to helping everyday people receive the money and support they need to recover from their suffering. Every one of our verdicts and settlements contributed to the security, health, and happiness of our clients-no result is more important to us than that. That's why we spend every resource and work around the clock in order to develop the strongest cases possible for our clients.
Patients who are septic or in septic shock are usually treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) with intravenous fluids and IV antibiotics. If fluid replacement is not enough to keep the blood pressure elevated at a safe level, medications called vasopressors may be used. In addition, a ventilator (breathing machine) or dialysis may be used to help support the lungs and kidneys.
A patient who develops sepsis or an overwhelming infection may have the following:
If sepsis or an infection is not diagnosed and treated properly it can lead to septic shock, multi-system organ damage, amputations, brain damage, encephalopathy or even death.
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