Being admitted to hospital can be very stressful, even if you are admitted for a routine operation or straight forward treatment. You may have to deal with childcare arrangements, time off work and other issues before even thinking about the treatment and care you’ll receive once you’re in hospital. But what happens if you contract necrotising faciitis whilst in hospital?
You may have contracted Necrotising Faciitis elsewhere other than hospital. Nevertheless, you may still have a medical negligence claim if there was a delay by your treating doctors in your diagnosis and treatment.
We understand how devastated you must be and we will discuss with you the treatment you have had and give you advice about the possibility of making a medical negligence claim.
What is Necrotising Faciitis?
Necrotising Faciitis, which is also known as the "Flesh Eating Bug", is a bacterial infection of the skin and fascia (the thin layer of tissue that covers muscles). Once the infection takes hold it spreads very quickly and often with extremely serious consequences. The bacteria does not "eat" the skin/tissue but in fact it releases toxins that cause the tissue around it to die.
Symptoms of Necrotising Faciitis
The infection can get into your system through a small scratch and will progress very rapidly.
The symptoms are:
• Very painful skin around the area affected (no other signs of redness or inflammation)
• Swollen, red and blistered skin
• Feeling very ill
• Violet coloured skin
• Organ failure
This is an extremely serious infection and is fatal in about 30% of cases, even with treatment.
Treatment of Necrotising Faciitis
The patient should be given appropriate antibiotics as soon as Necrotising Faciitis is even suspected, as time is of the essence with this type of infection. However, the only way to prevent the infection from spreading is by surgical removal of all infected tissue. Swift action by the medical team will improve the outcome of this infection. There needs to be a sufficient area of tissue removed from around the infection to make sure there is no chance of the infection recurring. Skin grafting for the affected area will then be necessary. Such treatment can also have a huge impact on your life.
If your treating doctors did not diagnose and treat your symptoms of Necrotising Faciitis quickly enough, then you may well have a medical negligence claim.
How can we help you?
We offer everyone a free consultation to talk to us about their situation and to decide if they would like to take their case forward. You will be under no obligation to make a claim after the consultation.
We’ll talk to you about funding your claim and all of the options open to you including no win, no fee.