Sometimes called blood poisoning, sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to infection or injury. Unrecognized or incorrectly treated, sepsis can progress to septic shock with deadly results. Sepsis can kill or disable its victims and requires early suspicion and rapid treatment for survival. People older than 65, particularly those who have health issues, are more susceptible to sepsis than any other group.
While the elderly are already at increased risk of sepsis due to aging and chronic illness, the greatest risk comes from nursing staff or caretakers who are not familiar with the symptoms of sepsis, are not trained to be aware of the dangers or do not respond aggressively enough with medical treatment to ensure the sepsis does not progress to something more dangerous.
If your loved one has suffered from sepsis that you feel could have been prevented, contact Keosian Berberian LLP.