Sepsis, which is also sometimes referred to as septicemia, is a life-threatening illness that occurs when bodily chemicals are released into the bloodstream to fight infection, and instead cause inflammation. Failure to deliver timely, appropriate treatment can result in septic shock, which leads to organ failure, brain damage and death.
Sepsis can occur in nursing home patients who contract it from bacterial infections from:
- Urinary tract infections
- Bed sores
- Respiratory tract infections
- Infections from IVs, catheters or other tubes
Nursing homes that fail to secure proper treatment for nursing home patients who suffer from sepsis may be liable for wrongful death. This was the allegation in the case of Diversicare Leasing Corp. v. Hubbard, before the Alabama Supreme Court. Continue reading →