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Sepsis in New York Nursing Homes

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sepsis and has been under the care of a nursing home, it is essential to seek answers for this incredibly dangerous and potentially fatal diagnosis. Sepsis is a condition triggered by an infection that leads to an imbalance of chemicals in the blood. Due to the severity of sepsis, immediate treatment is required and can often result in lengthy hospital stays and unnecessary discomfort. If you’ve suffered because of sepsis, Dalli & Marino may be able to help.

What causes sepsis in nursing home patients?

Sepsis happens as a result of an already existing infection. This infection can be on the body’s surface and appear as a rash or cut on the skin. Infections can also begin in the lungs, urinary tract, digestive tract, or bloodstream. While minor infections can be common in any individual, sepsis can occur when infections are not adequately treated.

Additionally, specific populations are at a higher risk of developing sepsis that results from a minor infection. These individuals include:

  • People who are over 65 years of age
  • People who have Type I or II diabetes
  • Individuals with an autoimmune disorder
  • Patients who have an existing medical condition such as cancer, lung disease, or kidney disease

Based on the average resident, nursing homes should have specific training and equipment to ensure they can properly treat individuals within their care.

Some issues with sepsis and nursing homes

Unfortunately, many nursing home patients are already at a higher risk of developing sepsis. However, nursing homes have several additional factors that may play against their residents. This includes some issues with management or health practices, staffing issues, and errors or negligence on behalf of staff.

One of the most common issues that hospitals see from nursing home patients who have sepsis is poor initial infection control. This means that nursing home staff didn’t correctly identify, diagnose, or treat an infection before it became a significant issue. Unfortunately, too many nursing home residents suffer the effects of management practices.

Identifying the signs of sepsis

Early identification and treatment of sepsis are critical for a good patient outcome. Some of the first signs of sepsis include:

  • Rapid or increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Clammy skin
  • Increased and persistent pain

If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, it is crucial to seek medical intervention immediately. Sepsis can rapidly overwhelm an individual’s ability to fight off the infection and result in severe sickness or death.

Consider filing a legal claim against the nursing home

Nursing homes are entrusted with the health and wellbeing of their residents. There are likely other occurrences if you are aware of a single instance of sepsis in a patient. However, it is difficult for family members to gain access to this information. While you might feel helpless in your situation, you can make the necessary changes to how the nursing home operates by filing a lawsuit.

Hire the New York Attorneys with the experience to fight negligent nursing homes

Lawsuits often result in discoveries in general trends in nursing home practices that can reveal unhealthy or dangerous practices that risk future residents’ health. If you are considering fighting for the justice of your loved one and to ensure that other people don’t suffer from the same issues, you need confident legal counsel to navigate the complex world of nursing home lawsuits.

For decades, the attorneys with Dalli & Marino have helped countless citizens seek justice for their loved ones who have suffered at the hands of nursing home staff. If your loved one has been injured in a New York nursing home or assisted living facility, our goal is to hold these facilities accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Call (888) 465-8790 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.