According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sepsis, an infection of the blood stream, affects as many as 750,000 hospital patients every year. And, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society, sepsis may play a role in over 50 percent of all hospital deaths.

The study, conducted in part by the Kaiser Permanente Northern California division of research, analyzed data from 6.5 million hospitalization records. Of those, 52 percent of patients who died while hospitalized had a blood infection. Researchers suggest many had this infection when admitted to the hospital, but did not receive necessary care to prevent complications.

Expensive to Treat

According to the researchers involved in this study, sepsis is very expensive to treat and guidelines for treating less severe blood infections are not well-defined. However, even minor blood infections can be fatal.

Failure to treat sepsis is a form of medical malpractice and families who have lost a loved one due to hospital negligence deserve justice. The Little Rock hospital error attorneys at the Duncan Firm would be honored to meet with you for a free consultation to answer your questions, discuss your rights, and help you determine the most effective way to get the justice you are due.

If you have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, please contact the Duncan Firm today to set up a free and informative meeting with one of our dedicated Little Rock personal injury attorneys.