On December 19, 2014, a 59-year-old woman filed a Baltimore medical malpractice lawsuit against The Johns Hopkins Health System (“Hopkins”) and others for allegedly negligent medical care that she received at a Hopkins-run hospital in a suburban county just west of Baltimore City that led to her having to have all four of her limbs amputated in 2012.
The woman’s Baltimore malpractice lawsuit alleges that she went to the emergency room of Howard County General Hospital on three occasions in 2012, each time complaining of pelvic pain that she described as being ten-out-of-ten, but she was discharged each time without the source of her pain being determined. As she was waiting to be discharged after her third emergency room visit on March 6, 2012, her malpractice lawsuit alleges that she was found incoherent and cold to the touch while she was lying on a stretcher.
Upon admission to the hospital, the woman was diagnosed with sepsis that was determined to have been caused by degrading uterine tissue. The woman was able to recover from the infection but had to have both of her legs amputated above her knees and both of her arms amputated below her elbows because the lack of blood flow to her extremities caused by the serious infection led to gangrene.
The Maryland medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City seeks unspecified monetary damages as a result of the alleged medical negligence, which includes claims that the medical staff at the defendant Maryland hospital failed to order and perform a complete pelvic exam of the woman despite her complaints, and that ultrasounds performed at the hospital and by the woman’s own gynecologist found a large fluid collection that was not timely and appropriately explored or explained.
Source Joyce E. Ferguson vs. Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24C14008021.
What Is Sepsis?
Sepsis occurs when the body has a severe response to bacteria or other germs, which is called systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). A bacterial infection anywhere in the body may set off the response that leads to sepsis. The chemicals released by the body is what causes the symptoms of sepsis.
Sepsis causes a drop in blood pressure that leads to shock that affects the body’s major organs (the kidneys, liver, lungs, and central nervous system). A person with sepsis may have chills, be confused or be delirious, have a fever or hypothermia, may have a skin rash and/or skin that is warm to the touch, feel light-headed, and/or have a rapid heartbeat. The earliest signs of sepsis may include very fast breathing and a change in mental status. A person with sepsis may also suffer bruising or bleeding.
Sepsis is often life-threatening, especially those with weakened immune systems and people suffering from chronic medical conditions, and therefore people diagnosed with sepsis are often admitted to the ICU. Antibiotics are often administered intravenously, supplemental oxygen supplied, and large amounts of fluids given intravenously. Dialysis may be necessary as well as mechanical ventilation under some circumstances. Long-term or permanent injuries to internal organs, or death, may occur.
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