Necrotizing Fasciitis Pressure Sore
It’s a fact that individuals with severe pressure sores have an open wound literally on the body. They become at-risk much more via contracting the infection as a result of bacteria, which can cause a condition referred to as flesh eating virus, or necrotizing fasciitis.
This flesh eating virus actually causes death to the surrounding tissue, as opposed to eating the flesh.
Necrotizing fasciitis pressure sore in its early stages are characterized by critical swelling and pain in the area of infection accompanied frequently by vomiting and diarrhea without much alteration in the wound’s appearance.
As the bacteria develops, however, larger areas may become involved in the peeling of large patches of skin decaying.
Personal injury attorneys recognize the devastation which accompanies necrotizing fasciitis pressure sore and its complications.
It is a rarity that a bacterial infection can progress to the catastrophic level of necrotizing fasciitis.
When it does, however, for example, it has been found to happen in association with the following: burns; child’s birth; splinters; surgery; minor cuts; penetrating injuries; blunt trauma; chicken pox; invasive medical procedures; poison oak or ivy; sinus infections; abrasions; et al.Symptoms of Necrotizing Fasciitis
First, in most cases, some trauma exists which has occurred to the body, and may even be minor.
The patient, further, may recognize that there is a development of symptoms like the flu, such as, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion, fever, dehydration, weakness, or listlessness.
During the progression of necrotizing fasciitis that is untreated, the area of the body affected may begin to develop dark marks or a purple rash which become blisters filled with fluid of blue and black, while the symptoms resembling a flu continue to get worse.
With the occurrence of medical malpractice related to victims of necrotizing fasciitis, it often relates to the failure of the medical provider to make a prompt diagnosis of the disease, and/or the neglect to treat the condition properly and timely.
This can also cause, although more of a challenge to prove, from inappropriate infection control. Some of the issues, more specifically, to examine are whether there was an occurrence:
Neglect to offer appropriate infection control and prevention; neglect to administer an appropriate physical examination and history of the patient; neglect to recognize and appreciate symptoms of necrotizing fasciitis; neglect to appreciate and consider the risk factors of a patient for necrotizing fasciitis; neglect to acquire and interpret properly imaging studies, such as CTs, MRIs, and x-ray films of soft tissue; neglect to intervene timely through surgery with debridement as necessary, and at times even via amputation; neglect to institute timely antibiotic treatment that is appropriate; and neglect to use medications supportive and modalities for the control of what affects necrotizing fasciitis as it creates systemic toxic shock.
The majority of legitimate cases of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence never become prosecuted because healthcare facilities staff members incorrectly informed family members that a complication was normal, and inevitable.
Thus, in a number of cases, complications, such as necrotizing fasciitis pressure sore, are due to negligent care.