Causes of Sepsis at Nursing Homes: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Learn the Causes fo Sepsis at Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in Oregon from our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers


While almost everyone has heard of an infection before, many people have not heard about sepsis.  This is unfortunate because sepsis is a potentially catastrophic medical emergency which needs to be identified and treated immediately to prevent serious personal injury or wrongful death.  This is particularly true in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in rehabilitation facilities because residents are more likely to have compromised immune systems and a weaker state of health.  Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers explain what sepsis is and explain what some common causes of sepsis at nursing homes could be so you know the warning signs to protect your loved ones.


What is Sepsis?


Sepsis is the body’s reaction to an infection.  The body has self-heal mechanisms to fight that infection and releases chemicals, hormones, and other infection-fighting substances into the bloodstream.  Sepsis is caused when the infection is substantial and prolific because it was uncontrolled.  The body begins to release too much of the infection-fighting substances in an overreaction to the infection.  This flooding of chemicals turns the blood caustic which can cause create harm to a person’s body, including causing brain damage, multiple organ failure, nerve damage, heart damage, and other dangerous or damaging complications.


Causes of Sepsis in Nursing Homes


Oregon nursing homes are responsible for the health and safety of residents.  While many nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other rehabilitation centers do a good job at protecting residents from infections and sepsis, some facilities just outright fail.  These failures can be life threatening and fatal.  Unfortunately, many of the failures result from preventable mistakes that are compounded by reckless, careless, and downright negligence healthcare providers.


Some of the most common causes of sepsis in nursing homes due to Oregon nursing home abuse and neglect include the following:


  • Pressure sores, pressure ulcers, bed sores, and related injuries – these injuries are considered to be “never” events because they should not happen with the proper care and treatment of a resident, especially a vulnerable resident who is at risk for these injuries.  Pressure sores are likely to cause serious injury and infection because of the nature how they occur, which just leads to the possibility for sepsis.  
  • Failure to change wound damages;
  • Improper hygiene with bathing and showering, cleaning after bowel movements, or general daily care;
  • Poor dental treatment;
  • Failing to clean and check on wounds;
  • Improperly treating health conditions and injuries;
  • Failing to monitor patients for infections, including white blood counts;
  • Neglecting patient complaints; and
  • Many other causes.

Was a Loved One Diagnosed with Sepsis at an Oregon Nursing Home?  We Can Help


It is a simple and basic fact that residents in nursing homes should not die from sepsis.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

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