More women die from sepsis as a consequence of childbirth than any other related complication. If this form of infection goes undetected for any length of time, the consequences are likely to be serious.
Most people have no awareness of sepsis, it is also the case that many doctors fail to accurately diagnose the symptoms in time.
Sepsis is in very simple terms an infection resulting in blood poisoning. The majority of cases are caused by infections we all know about: pneumonia, urinary tract infections, skin infections like cellulitis and infections in the abdomen (such as appendicitis. Procedures such as inserting a catheter can lead to blood poisoning and following the aftermath of an arduous pregnancy it is easy to see why some patients do not receive an immediate diagnosis. It is for example very common for a new mother to feel sick or weak and therefore unless additional diagnostic signs are picked up quickly enough, some patients can slip through the net. This can lead to a very serious outcome.
Careful monitoring and diligent obstetric care is required for any mother post birth. "Septic shock" can happen in many different circumstances and when it does, urgent life saving action is required.
If you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of medical negligence during pregnancy or birth. We would like to hear from you. We may be able to assist you in making a medical compensation claim.
Whilst nothing will replace your loss, it is possible to seek answers and accountability for what has occurred to prevent other mothers enduring what you have suffered.