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Stopping childhood sepsis

May 3, 2017 | Hospital Negligence

Sepsis is a type of infection that can take place after people have had a viral illness. The condition is capable of becoming fatal for children within just hours. New York parents may be interested to learn of a coalition of hospitals that is battling the issue of sepsis.

Each year, close to 75,000 children and teenagers are hospitalized because of sepsis. One 2013 study reports that almost 7,000 children will die annually as a result of the condition, which is more than three times the number of annual pediatric cancer deaths. Among the children who survive, some will sustain long-term issues, such as amputated limbs and organ damage.

Forty-four hospitals in the United States have created a coalition to combat sepsis. Their objective is to achieve a 75 percent reduction of childhood sepsis deaths and diagnoses of extreme sepsis at their hospitals by 2020.The hospitals have agreed to use certain diagnostic and treatment policies that were developed by experts. Any patients who exhibit symptoms that can be attributed to sepsis will be screened, and those who potentially have the condition will be quickly administered intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Each hospital will submit data regarding each case to the coalition in order to identify the most effective methods of diagnosis and treatment. An example of the information they may submit may include how quickly the patients were able to receive treatment.

Emergency room doctors who fail to heed warnings of sepsis may cause the patient’s medical condition to worsen. Victims of this type of substandard hospital care may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney in order to discuss their options.