Sepsis can be the result of a bedsore (pressure sore, decubitis ulcer) that is allowed to develop and progress. Sepsis occurs when bacteria enters the bloodstream through the broken skin and spreads throughout the body. Not surprisingly, then, nursing home residents with pressure sores are at risk for developing an infection, and ultimately sepsis if left untreated. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to septic shock, a sometimes fatal drop in blood pressure and/or organ failure.
In order for sepsis to be treated effectively, immediate intervention is necessary. IV antibiotics, vasopressors and/or corticosteroids are the routine options for treatment. Unfortunately, in many cases we have seen, by the time sepsis is diagnosed after a transfer from a nursing home to a hospital, no intervention implemented by hospital physicians and staff can prevent the patient’s untimely death.
Bedsores (pressure sores): Complications – Mayoclinic
The New York (NYC) Bedsore Attorneys at the Law Offices of Thomas L. Gallivan, PLLC provide aggressive, yet compassionate representation to individuals who have developed bedsores during nursing home or hospital admissions. Please contact us for a free consultation.