Significant increase in cases of Sepsis within the NHS

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018

The BBC today reported the significant increase in cases of Sepsis within the NHS

There were nearly 16,000 deaths in the year ending April 2017 where Sepsis was listed as one of the major causes.

At Attwaters Jameson Hill we are committed to helping people who have contracted sepsis due to negligent treatment or the negligent failure to treat clients who have suffered infections. We believe that 16,000 deaths a year as a result of Sepsis is unacceptable. On their own website the NHS describe sepsis as a rare but serious complication of infection. We do not believe that 16,000 deaths a year can be described as rare.

According to the NHS Choices website early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  •  a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after.

These can include:

  • feeling dizzy or faint
  • a change in mental state – such as confusion or disorientation
  • Diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • slurred speech
  • severe muscle pain
  • severe breathlessness
  • less urine production than normal – for example, not urinating for a day
  • cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
  • loss of consciousness

Attwaters Jameson Hill have managed a number of cases involving sepsis and infections. The consequences can be catastrophic and (as can be seen above) can even lead to death.

We are currently running a number of cases, one where a client had to have his leg amputated as a result of the delay in referring him for a Vascular Assessment before his toes became gangrenous.

In another case a client was lucky not to suffer significant renal failure due to the hospitals failure to treat his significantly infected leg leading to numerous attendances at hospital and eventual debridement of the wound.

If you or a friend or family have contracted sepsis and you have reason to believe this could have been prevented please call 0203 871 9258 and speak to one of our experienced Nurse Advisors who will be able to assess whether you have a potential claim and advise you of the steps we can take to assist you.

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