Hazards of Delayed Infection Diagnosis
Infections are a major health concern in hospitals, and staff members must work hard to ensure that patients do not develop infections due to improperly sterilized equipment, dirty rooms, and other such issues. Additionally, a hospital’s medical staff should be trained to recognize the initial signs of infection, and protocol should be in place to address these concerns as soon as possible. When an infection is diagnosed and treated early, it is much easier to prevent the infection from spreading. However, if a nurse or doctor fails to identify the basic warning signs of an infection when monitoring a patient, he or she may put that individual at risk for severe health complications.
Consequences of Delaying Treatment
Infections are particularly dangerous because of their ability to spread rapidly, potentially endangering important organs such as the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. Thus, it is essential for doctors to accurately diagnose infections as soon as initial symptoms appear. Otherwise, the following health concerns that may arise due to delayed diagnosis and treatment of an infection:
- Spread of the infection to important organs
- Loss of certain bodily functions
- The onset of sepsis
When infections spread throughout the body, patients may require powerful drug treatments in an effort to regain their health. They may also face lengthier recovery time in the hospital. As a result of these mounting medical bills and lost wages due to time away from work, victims of delayed infection care can face frustrating financial situations in addition to their physical pain and suffering.
If you’ve suffered serious infections or other health problems because of a doctor’s or nurse’s negligent care, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the caregiver at fault. To discuss your legal options and how a medical malpractice claim can help you, contact an attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, by calling 513-321-7733 today.