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Sepsis is a very real danger after medical procedures

Any time you undergo a medical procedure you run the risk of contracting an infection. If you don't receive the appropriate post-operative care, it could happen to you. An infection may start out as an inconvenience, but it could turn into a life-threatening situation.

If the medical staff responsible for your care fail to properly monitor you for infection, your immune system could turn on you and attack your body. When that happens, you may end up suffering from sepsis. The longer this condition exists, the worse it gets. A severe case of sepsis could involve organ failure, and death is a real possibility if the condition gets bad enough.

How would you know if you suffer from sepsis?

Sepsis isn't necessarily easy to diagnose. However, many people suffer from common symptoms such as the following:

  • Chills
  • High fever
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating

If doctors fail to diagnose and treat sepsis quickly enough, it could become severe. The following symptoms could indicate the condition has moved into the severe danger zone:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Pale or cool extremities
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Low urine output

Many of these symptoms could indicate any number of conditions other than sepsis. For this reason, doctors need to take the time to eliminate this condition as the cause. If your concerns are dismissed, stand up for yourself and insist that they look deeper.

You could go into septic shock

Failure to diagnose and treat severe sepsis leads to septic shock during which your blood pressure could drop to dangerous levels. Organ failure often occurs during this stage, along with gangrene. The Mayo Clinic estimates that around half of the people who are in septic shock die. If you feel any of the above symptoms, whether for sepsis or severe sepsis in conjunction with or after an infection, seek medical attention right away. Your life may depend on it.

Sepsis could indicate medical malpractice

You could spend time in the ICU when doctors finally diagnose and treat your sepsis. Even after you recover, the aftermath of your ordeal could leave you with lifelong issues. You may need extensive care for a significant amount of time or even the rest of your life. If your sepsis resulted from a post-surgical infection, it's possible that a medical mistake occurred, and you may be able to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

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