Bacteremia (Blood Poisoning) and Medical Malpractice
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Healthy blood is critically important for the human body because it delivers oxygen and nutrients to the various parts, organs, and systems throughout. Bacteremia, also known as “blood poisoning,” occurs when your blood becomes infected with bacteria. This infection is very serious and can have life-threatening consequences. In advanced cases, this condition can even cause death. You can develop bacteremia in a number of ways, including as a result of medical procedures gone awry.
Causes of Bacteremia
Blood has to be sterile in order to keep humans healthy and alive and when it gets infected, it can cause severe problems. You can develop bacteremia in a number of ways in a medical environment, including the following:
- Doctors using contaminated needles
- Given an unsanitary catheter
- A surgery performed in unsanitary or unsterilized conditions
If you or a loved one suffer from bacteremia due to any of the above reasons, you were potentially a victim of medical malpractice.
Symptoms of “Blood Poisoning”
On their own, the symptoms of bacteremia can be present in other illnesses as well. However, take note if you experience these symptoms after you were given an injection, medical or dental procedure, as this is when these symptoms are signs of blood poisoning. In addition, you should be cautious if you are on any medications where blood poisoning is a potential side effect.
- Rapid heart rate or palpitations
- Nausea or abdominal pain
- Rapid onset, high fever
If you are experiencing these symptoms and think you might have blood poisoning, you will need to be admitted to the hospital for antibiotics immediately. It is important to get treatment very quickly, because this kind of blood infection can become very serious very quickly.
Did You Contract Blood Poisoning As a Result of Medical Malpractice?
When blood infections occur in hospitals, they are frequently, but not always, a result of medical negligence. These infections are extremely serious, and someone suffering from bacteremia is at great risk for septic shock which could eventually lead to death. Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligent actions is heartbreaking. You do not have to go through this time alone.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bacteremia, and think you may have been a victim of medical malpractice, schedule a free consultation with one of our legal representatives. Contact the experienced attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams.