Can An Accident Injury Cause An Infection?
Infections that show up after an auto accident are beyond inconvenient. Depending on how healthy you were before the accident, the extent of your current injuries, and the type of bacteria you now have to fight, you life may be on the line because of this infection. Here, I will talk about sepsis and cellulitis.
Whether you suffered a cut, blow to the head, an internal injury, spinal cord injury or a fracture, you may want to know:
Can a trauma cause sepsis?
Yes. Sepsis following traumatic injury is related to the type of injury, together with the extent of injury and the anatomical location.
Burns are associated with the highest risk of sepsis. Sepsis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in a trauma patient.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis a potentially life-threatening condition that happens when your body's response to an infection damages your own tissues.
What are the symptoms of sepsis?
Here are some sepsis symptoms:
- Clammy skin
- Confusion or disorientation
- Extreme pain
- Feeling very cold
- High heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty skin
How is sepsis diagnosed?
Diagnosis of the pathogen that causes sepsis requires bacterial culture that is often delayed due to long culture times (24 hours to 48 hours). In part, sepsis is particularly deadly because a third or more of septic patients test negative for the pathogen that causes sepsis.
Can you predict who will get sepsis?
Significant early predictors of sepsis include: 1) major blood vessel injury; 2) head trauma; 3) internal injury of the chest or abdomen; 4) spinal-cord injury; and 5) certain types of bone fractures.
How deadly is sepsis?
The death rate of septic patients is between 19.5% and 23%.
Can a trauma cause cellulitis?
Yes. You can develop cellulitis if you have an injury, like a cut, bone fracture, burn or scrape.
What is cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath which happens when bacteria enter a break in the skin and spread.
Cellulitis affects the skin and the tissues under the skin. It is one type of infection that's common after a car accident. It's usually attributed to bacteria like staph and strep.
What are the symptoms of cellulitis?
Cellulitis is most common on the feet and legs. Here are some cellulitis symptoms:
- red, swollen, and painful area of skin
- affected skin is warm and tender to the touch
- skin may look pitted, like the peel of an orange
- affected skin may get blisters
Are sepsis and cellulitis related?
Yes. If left untreated, cellulitis can quickly lead to sepsis, a potentially deadly complication. A resistant form of staph, called MRSA, has a very high death rate. MRSA is a so-called "superbug", an informal term used to describe a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat it.
If the skin breaks as a result of an accident, you're more prone to infection than if the skin does not break. Once you get an infection, it can be very expensive to fight, requiring hospitalization and intense administration of strong antibiotics. Some bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, bringing another host of complications when all you want to do is get better.
Do I Need An Attorney For My Sepsis Or Cellulitis After An Accident Case?
Do not try to handle your infection after an accident case without an attorney. These cases are complex.
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If you have been injured in any type of accident, please seek immediate medical attention and follow the advice of your doctor.