World Sepsis Day: Healthcare Workers Must Recognise Sepsis Signs

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Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system “overreacts” to an infection and can lead to organ failure and sometimes death.

Although it’s not always caused by medical negligence, it can be a factor contributing to some sepsis cases, which is often down to a lack of knowledge about the condition.

Sunday 13th September is World Sepsis Day, a global effort to raise awareness of sepsis among both the general public and clinicians. The condition is usually treatable if it’s spotted early enough, so it’s crucial that doctors and nurses in particular feel confident in recognising the warning signs of sepsis and carrying out the necessary tests.

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Early Signs of Sepsis

The early signs of sepsis aren’t always clear, so can easily be missed or misinterpreted by doctors. However, they can include:

  • A high temperature
  • Fever
  • Fast breathing and heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Not passing water in a single day
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Pressure sores or skin discolouration around the infected area
  • Pain or discomfort around the location of a trauma

Many of these symptoms could be caused by completely different conditions, such as flu, so you or your doctor may not always make the connection with sepsis straight away. But the consequences of a missed or delayed sepsis diagnosis can be severe, so it’s only right that you’re able to claim compensation if mistakes have been made.

If believe you or a loved one has experienced a delayed diagnosis of sepsis, you can get in touch with our Medical Negligence Solicitors for a free claims assessment, so we can look at your situation. We’ll explore whether you could have been diagnosed sooner, whether the proper tests were carried out at the right time and if you received treatment quickly enough.

If it’s clear that mistakes were made with your care and we can take on your case, we can help you claim compensation. This would reflect the pain and suffering you’ve gone through, and the cost of any rehabilitation and further treatment you need.

We can also claim for other expenses you’ve incurred since you were diagnosed with sepsis, such as loss of past and future earnings, medical fees and prescription charges.

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In the last few years, the number of people identified and diagnosed with sepsis in NHS hospitals has gone up, partly because of increased efforts to raise awareness of the condition among healthcare professionals.

However, there is always more to be done, as sepsis remains one of the biggest causes of preventable deaths across the globe.

For more information on World Sepsis Day and how to get involved, click here.

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