Blood poisoning, also known as septicaemia or sepsis, occurs when a bacterial infection, virus or fungal infection is contracted which begins to spread through the bloodstream. It can affect the entire body, including the organs, and the immune system produces responses to fight the infection which can cause organ failure and subsequent death if the infection is not treated. Inflammation, widespread blood clotting and swelling can cause the blood pressure to drop which reduces the blood supply to the organs resulting in these complications.
First signs of sepsis include fevers, chills, fast heartbeat and fast breathing. Later symptoms include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, diarrhoea and clammy or pale skin. Severe sepsis is a medical emergency and help should be sought immediately if you think you may have it. This could be because of a recent infection or injury. Bacterial sepsis is the most common type and can often be treated with antibiotics at home in the early stages. However, later stage sepsis will often be treated in a hospital environment. A failure to diagnose blood poisoning can result in severe complications, including fatality.
Failure to treat sepsis
Some people contract blood poisoning after dental surgery, other types of surgery or via open wounds. Others have a bacterial infection which has spread because the patient is young or old meaning that the immune system is not strong enough to fight the initial infection. As treatment is effective, a failure to diagnose blood poisoning could result in complications. These can include organ failure or shock which can lead to coma. A patient could potentially die if the sepsis goes untreated. The failure to diagnose blood poisoning may be the fault of a medical professional meaning that you can make a compensation claim where there is evidence of medical negligence.
Filing a compensation claim
You can call Accident Advice Helpline to obtain no-obligation advice regarding your medical negligence claim. Should there be evidence that you have suffered a failure to diagnose an illness and that the illness progressed causing you injury or harm, we can help you make your claim. The no win, no fee* policy we offer ensures that you will not be out of pocket if you choose to make your claim with us. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline or try out our 30-second test online to get an idea of how successful your case could be.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown