As some of you may already know, my mom passed March 6 due to septic shock associated with end stage liver disease. After some thinking I just found it odd how quickly my mom's health deteriorated once she was admitted into the hospital so I decided to do a little research of my own.
First and foremost I am NOT a doctor these are just my personal opinions and suggestions. The more I research the more I began to feel like I was cheated out of time with my mother. Yes she had end stage liver disease but transplant was never discussed with the family. I don't know what took place in her private meetings with her doctors. Anyway she was admitted to the hospital on Feb 17 where I believe the first (and fatal) risk was taken by the doctors but was never discussed with us. (It was my mom and myself there) the first mistake was using a urinary catherization tube. They just came into her room and told her she needed a catheter, the risk of catching a UTI from that catheter was NEVER discussed.
Any type of infection for someone with a liver disease can turn fatal. It was from the catheter that she got the Urinary Tract Infection which spread to her blood. That resulted in Sepsis. Sepsis in a person with a strong immune system/liver can be fatal so the mortality rate of one with a bad liver or weakened immune system is scarily high (like 90%).
The sepsis infection caused her to go into septic shock which caused acute liver failure and her kidneys began to fail because of this as well.
I can't say the outcome would have been different but I definitely think the risk of a UTI and complications associated with a UTI should have been thoroughly discussed with us before the catheter was inserted.
Post Edited (Bee83) : 4/3/2010 12:02:16 AM (GMT-6)