elderly woman with sepsis

Sepsis is a severe form of infection where the bloodstream becomes overwhelmed by bacteria – it is also commonly known as blood poisoning. Infections may typically begin in the kidneys, skin, lungs, and bowel. Sepsis infections vary from one person to another, but one of the common causes is a bacterial infection originating in bedsores caused by nursing home neglect. When an elderly person’s immune system begins to wear down, the chance of developing sepsis increases sharply.

It’s not uncommon for nursing home workers who are not properly qualified or trained to be found caring for our loved ones in nursing homes. Some nursing home workers are also hired despite long histories of abuse or neglect. Serious issues – including bed sores causing sepsis because of poorly-trained or neglectful nursing home staff – continue to be reported throughout the county.

Sepis Infection Statistics

empty hospital bedSepsis is one of the fastest growing causes of death in the United States. In fact, sepsis was associated with the greatest increase in causes of death since 1950. It is also often associated with hospitalization of nursing home residents age 65 and older. Over 750,000 cases of sepsis are reported each year. Despite treatment, over 215,000 individuals who develop sepsis die of it each year. One study conducted by doctors at the State University of New York, Buffalo, reveal surprising statistics about individuals who come down with Sepsis. Among the participants in the study 64% of the patients infected with sepsis were female. 62% of the patients were also suffering from some form of dementia (Alzheimer’s – type dementia or another form). Other common underlying conditions were bed sores and malignant cancers.

Sepsis is caused by bacterial infections that include commonly encountered bacteria such as E. Coli, Staphlococcus Aureus (both the normal form and the drug-resistant strain MRSA), and Proteus Mirabilis (a bacterium commonly known to cause kidney stones.

Symptoms of Sepsis Infections

sepsis symptomsSymptoms of sepsis infections change from individual to individual. When elders who are the victims of nursing home neglect develop bed sores, those bed sores can become infected and cause the victim to begin to display symptoms of sepsis. A few of the most common symptoms of Sepsis include:

  • Rash
  • Delirium (or increase in severity of existing delirium)
  • Shaking
  • Hyperventilation
  • Fever
  • Delirium
  • Chills