Sepsis Cases More than Double in Two Years

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11th June 2019

Medical Negligence Solicitors have today called for lessons to be learnt as NHS figures have revealed that cases of deadly sepsis have more than doubled in two years.

According to NHS England statistics, there were 350,344 cases of the life-threatening blood poisoning condition in 2017/18, up from 169,215 in 2015/16.

Whilst leading doctors are worried that growing resistance to antibiotics is contributing to the increase in sepsis cases, David Thomas, a Medical Negligence Partner from Simpson Millar, is concerned that lessons have still not been learnt in the importance of spotting the warning signs of sepsis.

He said, “It’s terrifying to hear that the number of cases of sepsis has spiked, and unfortunately it’s something that we have seen first-hand, and the devastating consequences it can have on people’s lives when it goes undiagnosed.”

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In one of his sepsis claim cases, David Thomas represents mother of three Magdalena Malec who had to have both of her legs, her right arm and the fingers of her left hand amputated after contracting sepsis whilst in hospital.

Bosses at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have since apologised for the medical mistake, which they accept could have been completely avoided if they had spotted the warning signs of sepsis by following the sepsis protocol.

Magdalena was told she had suffered a miscarriage whilst pregnant with her third child but continued to suffer from heavy bleeding and stomach cramps. She was sent home from A&E with painkillers and anti-sickness tablets.

She returned to hospital, where she was told she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy. Whilst in recovery, Magdalena suffered from an infection and consequent sudden lack of blood flow to her limbs, which caused her body tissue to die.

She later found out that this was due to the medical staff not recognising the warning signs for sepsis, and she had to wait six months for surgery to amputate her limbs.

David added, “Lessons need to be learnt to ensure that further suffering from sepsis is avoided – in Magdalena’s case there were multiple red flags which went unnoticed, and they nearly cost her life.

  • "It is important to recognise the importance of antibiotics in appropriate cases, we also need to ensure that the correct medical protocols are being followed to avoid sepsis progressing and destroying lives."

    David Thomas

    Partner, Medical Negligence

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