Hospital Infections: Measuring The Effects of Delayed Treatment

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Hospital Infections: Measuring The Effects of Delayed Treatment

Delayed diagnosis of hospital infections can lead to a progression of disease and an adverse outcome.  Left untreated, infections can progress from a local problem to sepsis, a systemic response to the infection.  With further progression, sepsis can turn to shock, organ failure and, ultimately, death.  Likewise, a delay in treatment can make it necessary to employ life-saving medicines, called pressors, that carry their own risks.  Further, once a patient suffers an arrest, resuscitation has been shown to cause cognitive damage from so-called reperfusion injuries.

One of the challenges that a medical malpractice lawyer faces in proving a claim for a delay in diagnosis and treatment of hospital infections has to do with proving