In most cases, yes.
When a person develops an infection, their body’s first response is to release chemicals into the bloodstream to fight it, according to the Mayo Clinic. When the body’s response to the chemicals is out of balance, it can trigger changes that can lead to multiple organ systems becoming damaged. This response is what the Mayo Clinic classifies as sepsis.
Sepsis is a “potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.” If sepsis is given the opportunity to progress rather than be contained, it can lead to serious health issues and even death. Although any type of infection can lead to a person suffering from sepsis, the following types of infections are more commonly associated with it:
- Infections of the digestive system.
- Infection of the kidney, bladder, and other parts of the urinary system.
- Bloodstream infections.
While anyone can develop sepsis, it often occurs more frequently in those who are ages 65 and older, suffer from chronic conditions, and/or have a weakened immune system. Because most nursing home residents are around the age of 65 and older and many suffer from chronic conditions, they are more susceptible to suffering from sepsis after they developed an infection.
How can nursing home residents avoid sepsis?
The key to preventing a nursing home resident from developing sepsis starts with the facility and those working in it. Because sepsis stems from infections, it is up to staff members to take all precautionary measures that would prevent bacterial, viral, or fungal infections from getting into the nursing home. For example, nursing home staff members should not only be practicing good hygiene and assisting residents to do the same, but they should have a basic understanding of what they need to do to prevent the spread of germs.
Sadly, there are plenty of nursing homes that have been recognized for their failure to follow infection control guidelines which have not only led to residents suffering from various types of infections but also sepsis.
In the event a nursing home resident does develop sepsis after they contracted an infection, they must receive immediate medical attention so that their condition is less likely to worsen. The longer a resident goes without receiving the proper care, the more likely their body is to suffer more permanent damage.
Can I hold a nursing home in Chicago, IL liable if a loved one developed sepsis?
If your loved one suffered medical complications as a result of them not being treated in a timely manner, whether it was due to understaffing or another cause, you may be able to hold the facility accountable for neglect. Nursing home staff workers in Chicago, IL should not only be able to recognize signs of sepsis but also know how to address the situation when presented with a case of it. If you believe a nursing home facility in Chicago is responsible for your loved one’s declining health, contact Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. to speak with one of our qualified Chicago, IL nursing home neglect attorneys.
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