You would think that there should be no reason why you would suffer from severe sepsis while in the care of an Ohio hospital and its medical personnel. Unfortunately, it happens more often than anyone would like to admit. Failing to diagnose an infection in a timely manner may have led to your sepsis, which is your body’s over-reaction to an infection. Your body begins to attack itself and can kill you if not treated timely and properly.
You already know that someone probably failed to provide you the care you should have received, but even after surviving a bout of severe sepsis and returning home, you notice that you just never quite fully recovered. If so, you may be in good company. Up to 50 percent of patients who survive severe sepsis suffer from post-sepsis syndrome, which can cause a myriad of health issues for the rest of your life.
How do you know if you suffer from PSS?
In addition to potential problems with your liver, your kidneys and possibly other organs, you may experience the following if you have PSS:
- Extreme fatigue
- Disabling joint and muscle pains
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Poor concentration
- Panic attacks
- Loss of self-esteem
- Vivid hallucinations
- Decreased cognitive or mental function
- Susceptibility to respiratory infections and lung problems
- Poor memory
- Inability to perform daily tasks such as bathing or preparing meals
Another condition you may suffer from is post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if you spent significant time in the intensive care unit. A doctor may attribute this to post-ICU syndrome, but when accompanied with other issues as stated above, a diagnosis of PSS makes more sense.
What happens now?
If you suffer from PSS, you may require additional medical care for the remainder of your life. This may be in addition to any other trauma you suffered due to severe sepsis, such as amputations or other surgeries. The effect on your life may be profound — and expensive.
You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against any medical personnel believed responsible for your experience with severe sepsis and PSS, along with the hospital in which you stayed during your illness. Any compensation you may receive from a successful claim could help with any care you may need now and in the future.