Delay in treating sepsis
A three month old baby died of meningococcal septicaemia at the University Hospital of Wales in 2019. There was a seven-hour delay between his admission to hospital and him being given antibiotics. It was highlighted at inquest that there were “multiple missed opportunities” in his care. It was found he had died as a result of “natural causes contributed to by neglect” at the Cardiff hospital and there were “gross failures” in his care.
It was heard that there had been an 7 hour delay in diagnosing sepsis which, in turn, ended his short life.
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection and is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment can reduce the devastating effects sepsis may cause.
Despite the worrying times we are in, if you suspect that you or a loved one has sepsis, you are urged to seek immediate medical treatment.
If you feel that you or someone you know has suffered from a delay in diagnosing sepsis, please contact Graystons Solicitors for free initial advice. We can also advise you on the range of funding options available to you, including whether you may be able to fund any legal action under a “no win, no fee agreement”.