In the United States, there are over 934,000 occurrences of septic shock each year. Sepsis is an advanced form of infection that is caused by bacteria or fungus and, if not treated quickly, has an extremely high rate of mortality. Elderly people are already at a much higher risk than any other age group and many patients develop sepsis from decubitus ulcers. If a patient is discovered to have a bedsore that has progressed into an advanced stage, sepsis treatment needs to begin promptly in order to give the patient the best chance of recovery.
What is a Decubitus Ulcer?
Commonly referred to as bedsores, decubitus ulcers develop due to lack of circulation. When left in the same position for long periods of time, the weight placed on a person’s joints can cut off the blood flow to the surrounding area. Over time, tissue begins to degrade at the cellular level due to a lack of oxygen and when the tissue dies, it creates an open wound that is extremely painful and highly inviting of bacterial infections that only serve to make the situation worse. Most bedsores are easily preventable and due to the manner in which they progress, it is unacceptable for bedsores to go unnoticed until their late stages.