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What is sepsis?

Often, Indiana residents may go to the hospital to cure one ailment, but end up coming back with another. This new one may be caused through the neglect of the hospital. When this happens, it might be possible to hold the hospital and medical professionals responsible through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A common complication of an infection is known as sepsis. Though any type of infection can lead to sepsis, it generally happens in the aftermath of a kidney, abdominal or bloodstream infection or pneumonia. These infections are commonly seen in people of an older age, who are already at risk of deteriorating health and slow recoveries. People who have a compromised immune system or have invasive devices, such as catheters or breathing tubes, are also at higher risk of becoming highly unwell due to sepsis.

Sepsis, if treated on time, greatly improves the chances of survival. The treatment at the early stage is straightforward also -- antibiotics and large amounts of IV fluids. As sepsis goes into further stages, such as severe sepsis or septic shock, the chances of improvement decrease. In fact, it is difficult to treat people who go into septic shock as their body does not respond to simple fluid replacement.

It happens mostly in people who are already hospitalized or who are in the intensive care unit, as they are more likely to develop infections. When a Louisiana resident believes that their health was compromised due to negligence on the part of medical professionals, they should consider consulting an experienced attorney. Treating a medical complication can lead to hospital bills one is unable to pay and compensation through the lawsuit may be enough to cover those costs.

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