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Fell and broke ribs and fractured pelvis, resulting in respiratory failure. Could this be due to septic shock?

Is it possible that broken ribs could lead to septic shock . My mother fell in spain broke 3 ribs and fractured pelvis, in hospital for 4 weeks, first week or so was starting to improve then started to deteriorate, resulted in respiratory failure , was intribated and put into induced coma , then major organ failure then died, could this be due to lack of care in the early days after the injury?
Asked On : Mon, 18 Feb 2013
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Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Simple fractures of 3 ribs will not produce septic shock. I suspect that your mother could have developed DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and Hemorrhagic shock which are common complications of a fracture pelvis. The DVT might have resulted in pulmonary embolism leading to your mothers demise. Sepsis is also a common complication following pelvic fractures especially in elderly population.

So, there are numerous intrinsic mechanisms and factors that may cause mortality in bed ridden patients and one cannot attribute a single cause for the mortality in such cases.

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