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Suing the NHS for Post-operative Necrotising Fasciitis

If the medical management of a patient's surgery fails to protect them from developing necrotising fasciitis, the long-term outcome can be catastrophic. A successful compensation claim can help.

Protecting against infection

If you or a loved one are suffering the long-term effects of necrotising fasciitis due to failings in medical care, you might wish to consider making a claim for compensation.

Patients undergoing surgery are at risk of infection during and after surgery and it is incumbent upon medical professionals to take every precaution to ensure that infection does not develop.

Necrotising fasciitis is a particularly virulent and destructive infection and a patient who develops this life-threatening illness whilst under medical care may find that it could have been avoided with more thorough and competent care.

Assessing at risk patients

Some categories of patient are vulnerable to infection and both assessment and responding to risk are necessary to try to protect the patient.

Patients who have a weakened immune system are more likely to succumb to infection than those whose health is good.

The elderly and the very young may be more vulnerable as are those suffering with diabetes or who are overweight.

Prophylactic antibiotics

Where a patient is considered to be at risk of developing infection during surgery, antibiotics may be administered prior to surgery to try to reduce that risk.

Where such a patient has not been given prophylactic antibiotics and subsequently develops an infection, the relevant medical professionals may be considered to have acted negligently. Should that patient suffer long-term and debilitating effects as a result of their infection, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Post-operative management

Patients who have just undergone surgery need to be monitored very closely indeed and any sign of infection needs an immediate response.

Patients who develop an infection after surgery are also in danger of developing sepsis which increases the threat to their organs and their life.

Patients who develop a necrotising infection whilst in hospital should be in the best possible position for immediate and effective treatment. A failure by medical professionals to notice the signs and symptoms of a severe infection in a post-operative patient may be regarded as very poor care and may justify a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

If you or a loved one are suffering from the appalling impact of a necrotising fasciitis infection due to poor medical care, contact Glynns today to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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