Unaddressed Infections & Sepsis in Elderly People
Understanding the Serious Nature of Infections
One of the most common forms of elder abuse occurs when an elderly person suffers injury-such as a broken bone from a fall or bedsores from immobility-that results in infection. If the infection is properly cared for in a timely manner, no further harm may occur. However, if the wound is neglected by the caretaker or nurses, serious medical conditions could arise.
One of the most serious of these conditions is sepsis, also known as blood poisoning. This occurs when bacteria from an infection makes its way into the blood stream and spreads throughout the rest of the patient's body. Symptoms of sepsis include fever, swelling across the entire body, nausea, vomiting and body aches. Older people are highly susceptible to sepsis and have a much harder time fighting and recovering from such infection, so if someone you love has suffered from a lack of proper care regarding an infected wound, speak with a Sacramento elder abuse lawyer immediately before sepsis can set in and threaten the patient's life.
Early Signs of Sepsis in the Elderly
If your elderly loved one is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below, it may be a good idea to have them checked for sepsis:
- Trouble breathing
- A racing heartbeat or Tachycardia
- Body temperature is unusually high or low
- White blood cell count is abnormal
- Mental deterioration, confusion, lack of attention or agitation
- Lethargy or even a state of coma
Act before it is too late. If early signs of sepsis are not caught and are not treated right away, it could lead to weakness in the respiratory system and the wasting away of their muscles. Ultimately this could even cause pneumonia, kidney failure, jaundice, coagulation issues and a plethora of other issues. Being treated with the proper antibiotics in a timely manner is critical to the health and well-being of the elderly individual. By receiving the right medication early on, it decreases the risk of death by 50%. In addition, they should be fed the right foods, including nutritious meals. Without the proper food, it could continue to weaken their immune system and make the effects of sepsis that much worse.
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