Multiple Organ Failure From Misdiagnosed Sepsis in Oregon Medical Malpractice Cases

Misdiagnosed Sepsis Leading to Multiple Organ Failure: Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are some misdiagnoses which can be absolutely devastating and catastrophic.  One such type of misdiagnosis is sepsis.  And the only thing worse than a misdiagnosis of sepsis is a misdiagnosed infection which ended up growing into sepsis.  This means that the sepsis could have been caught at an early stage that a patient may just of had a fever.  As you may be aware, an infection is generally from bacteria or other contaminates which cause toxins to be released into your body.  When the infection becomes severe, the bacteria or other contaminates could spread to your blood.  A blood infection is dangerous because it can prolifically poison your entire body.  This is how sepsis occurs which can result in septic shock.


During the time the infection starts to this widespread sepsis, the body will manifest tell-tale signs of an infection.  Many of these symptoms are unmistakable, such as profuse sweating, fever, pale skin, clammy skin, lack of appetite, and many other symptoms.  Many times the infection will start localized, such as an injury that becomes infected.  This is discoverable and should provoke treatment, as the infected site will also become red, swollen, warm to the touch, and painful.  When a healthcare provider misses the symptoms of an infection and sepsis, there can be serious health consequences including wrongful death.


Multiple Organ Failure Caused by Sepsis Misdiagnosis


One of the more common and most serious type of consequence from misdiagnosing sepsis is multiple organ failure.  This is a life-threatening emergency and occurs in a process.  This process is when the organs slowly begin to become inflamed.  This inflammation is due to fighting off the infection which is throughout the body and pumped into the organ due to the blood infection. This makes the organs have to work harder and places a strain on the organs as they fight off the infection caused by the septic condition.  In turn, this makes them weaker and susceptible to damage.  They slowly begin to deteriorate and take damage.


When the damage becomes so severe in multiple organs at once, a cascade effect can occur when they begin to fail in sequence.  Generally once the first organ fails, the other organs will have a significantly higher strain on them and they will also fail.  This multiple organ failure becomes a medical emergency when multiple systems, like the pulmonary (lungs), endocrine (including kidneys), digestive (intestines and stomach), and circulatory (heart), all fail.  These functions control the body and when they fail it is doing to be deadly.


Diagnosis Sepsis: Easy but Unfortunately All Too Commonly Medical Malpractice


When a patient is exhibiting signs of an infection, possibly sepsis, the easiest way to test for it is a simple blood test.  That is it; taking blood and testing if for infection.  Other tests also include urine, wound secretions, and respiratory secretions.  Some imaging studies can also be helpful to determine whether there is a massive infection or sepsis underway.


It can actually be that simple sometimes that just a blood test is needed.  Yet, many times hospitals and healthcare staff will fail to properly care for and treat a patient, including the failure to perform these basic tests.  This can be Oregon medical malpractice.


Multiple Organ Failure Caused by Misdiagnosed or Undiagnosed Sepsis Can be Oregon Medical Malpractice


When sepsis is not diagnosed by a healthcare professional it can result in multiple organ failure if left untreated for too long.  Patients can be seriously and permanently injured, including wrongfully killed when this occurs.  If you or a loved one suffered from multiple organ failure, call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer for a FREE consultation to learn what your rights may be to compensation.


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