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Septic Shock and Death

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  • Posted By: Anonymous747
  • August 26, 2008
  • 07:37 PM

My mom passed away back in February of this year of complications due to septic shock. I am really concerned because although she had one recent hospitilization for malnutrition the month before and some issues with blood clots back in october of 2007 she had been relatively healthy 47 year old woman. She had been seen at the hospital Monday before she passed for some blood platelets, She was seen in the ER Tuesday for swelling and oozing in her lower extremities and sent home, Wednesday she had a regular appointment with her Hematologist and made a six week follow up appointment which was the longest amount of time she would have gone without seeing him since the blood clots happened, and then was seen Thursday for her annual check up at the gynecologist. Friday and Saturday went by seemingly fine.

Late Sunday afternoon she started to look yellow and was short of breath and was taken to the ER. They took her vitals and she had high pulse, extrememly low blood pressure, and her blood glucose was around 10 (ten), she walked in the hospital talking and mobile. She was triaged and they began routine tests, shortly after she became unconscious. They never gave her oxygen until the very end when they put her on a ventilator, they gave her some bloodpressure medicine in an IV along with fluids and inverted her to try to raise blood pressure. They never mentioned sepsis until right before she passed away and the intensivist or any other doctor came and saw her from 12-6, 6 am the intensivist finally showed up to say she was critical and she passed away at 10 am. The ICU nurses kept telling us she was going to be fine all night and be awake the next day until 6 a.m. they started saying it didn't look good.

I am concerned that she didn't get proper diagnosing upon arrival, proper treatment for a possible recovery, and I am also concerned that the 4 times she went to the doctor earlier that week that someone should have noticed something because sepsis is caused by an infection somewhere in the body. Any thoughts or advice???


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