In a National Institute of Health funded study, researchers compared the effectiveness of three different sepsis treatment protocols. The result of the study was that all three treatment protocols were roughly just as effective as the others.
1. The first method tested was treatment with a central venus catheter that was inserted into the heart followed by oxygen and blood pressure monitoring and control.
2. The second method tested did not involve a central venus catherer, but instead used simple bedside techniques to monitor heart rate and blood pressure.
3. The third method tested did not follow any particular protocol, but involed a high level of care expected in an academic teaching hospital.
The study was published in the March 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Since the effectiveness of each method was largely the same, the researchers concluded that each method provided high quality care.
The patients in this study had sepsis diagnosed early. This study underscores the importance of early detection of sepsis. When sepsis is diagnosed early, even the less invasive methed of treatment is just as effective as a much more invasive method of treatment.
Sepsis in a generalized infection of the body that causes a rapid drop in blood pressure which can, in turn, lead to a lack of oxygen to the organs, multi organ failure, and death.
If you or a family member has had a bad medical outcome involving an infection or sepsis it is possible that the condition was not identified early enough, and that medical malpractice has occurred. If you have questions we can help you find answers. Contact the lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C., 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.