Sepsis occurs when a person’s body has a severe reaction to an infection. The condition can go on to impact tissue and organs, and in severe cases, it can be deadly. In fact, approximately one-third of people who die in hospitals have contracted sepsis.
With the condition being so serious, it is important to examine some ways how it might be prevented. There are a number of policies that health care facilities can implement, as well as procedures that doctors, nurses, staff and patients can follow.
Sepsis stems from infections and one of the more effective means of preventing infections is cleanliness. Hospital staff and patients can all contribute to higher standards of hygiene. However, the responsibility largely falls on the facility that is providing patient care. The starting point is education. Staff must be educated on the dangers of infections and the importance of preventative practices, such as high standards of hygiene.
Spotting the early signs
Patients who already have infections are at the highest risk of contracting sepsis. Staff must be aware of this, and ensure that they are always on the lookout for signs of complications. This will allow high-risk patients to obtain early and aggressive treatment before symptoms get out of hand and become life-threatening. With early diagnosis and prompt treatment, the outlook for patients may be more positive.
Sepsis is a serious issue and it is important that health care facilities take every precautionary step to tackle this condition. If you feel that your medical team has not honored the duty of care that they owe to you, there might be a way to pursue legal compensation.