It's unfortunate, but sepsis fatalities are something that we see too often. The signs for the often post-natal condition are universal and easy to catch with proper observation and tests. Unfortunately for this Minnesota woman (Bermingham), the emergency team "ignored lab results which showed Bermingham had sepsis and sent her back home. Bermingham returned to the hospital 12 hours later and died. "
According to the Associated Press, Bermingham had just given birth to her son days earlier.
She was thirty years old.
Her family sued the hospital for the loss of a wife and mother (she died in 2013) and the verdict came back in August of 2017 to the tune of 20 million dollars. Obviously, the hospital had failed to follow basic patient safety rules, and must not have had proper systems to catch the mistakes that were made in this tragic case.
According to the National Instititute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) sepsis is a disease that affects millions of Americans every year. Between 28 to 50 per cent of these people affected by sepsis die from septic shock; "far more than the number of U.S. deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined" (NIGMS).
With proper testing and observation, sepsis is preventable.
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We've successfully represented people who were severely injured because a hospital in D.C., Maryland or Virginia did not diagnose and treat sepsis, leading to the loss of limbs or death.
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