Three Causes of Sepsis After Procedures Which Could Be Oregon Medical Malpractice

Procedures Causing Sepsis Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Bend & Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains Three Common Causes


Sepsis is a very dangerous and sometimes deadly blood infection.  It is when another type of infection is left untreated and allowed to fester.  This means the infection will grow bigger and stronger, making it more difficult to treat.  When that infection spreads from the origin site to another site in the body, or to the blood, it can create a pervasive infection.  This can lead to a full bout of sepsis, a blood infection.  When sepsis is not properly treated, it can result in septic shock which shuts down multiple organs and functions of the body.  When this happens it may be due to Oregon medical malpractice and is time to consult with a Bend or Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


One common time that infections are most likely to become septic is after surgery or a procedure.  There are several different types of surgeries which could cause sepsis or septic shock, but there are three common procedures that you should be aware of.  This include the following:


Bariatric Surgery – While most weight-loss surgeries like bariatric surgery are considered very safe, there can still be complications.  This is particularly true because bariatric surgery could include cutting and reshaping part of the stomach.  This means that the stomach could not be sealed properly and leak bile and fluid into the abdominal cavity.  This means serious infection at a dangerous location.  Other types of infections can also be caused due to the incisions and cutting through tissue to access the abdominal cavity.  This can introduce bacteria from tools or hands to very vital areas around the lungs and heart.  This can lead to sepsis.


Bowel Perforations – A colonoscopy may be one of the most common types of procedures that individuals undergo, and while this is also considered to be generally safe, there are some risks associated with this procedure.  A common risk is a bowel perforation.  This means that a tool could be forced to penetrate the colon or rectum.  This may introduce fecal matter or other bacteria from inside the rectum and colon into the body.  This can clearly lead to very serious infections and result in sepsis, particularly if the infection is not identified.


Esophageal Perforations  Like a colonoscopy, an endoscopy is a common procedure which uses a camera at the end of a scope to review and assess an individual’s throat, esophagus, stomach, and even the top of the intestines.  When the endoscopy is improperly performed or aggressively performed, it too can result in a perforation.  The perforation here allows stomach contents, acid, or food/drink coming down the throat and esophagus into the chest cavity.  This is again very dangerous and can lead to serious personal injury if a patient goes septic.


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Anytime a person has an infection which becomes septic, a Portland medical malpractice lawyer should be called to asses the injury and the cause.  If the sepsis or septic shock is caused after one of the three common procedures mentioned above, you may be entitled to compensation.  Our law firm handle cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located.  


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