Be­ware of the dan­gers of cuts whilst fish­ing

Carpworld - - EDITORIAL -

Farn­ham An­gling So­ci­ety (FAS) kindly sent Carp­world this im­age re­cently and we felt it nec­es­sary to high­light the pit­falls of not car­ry­ing any­thing anti-bac­te­rial, or even a small box of plas­ters with you when you go fish­ing. The poor gen­tle­man in ques­tion, Jack Dwyer, was fish­ing on one of their wa­ters as a guest, when he caught a low-dou­ble, which had defe­cated on the un­hook­ing mat, and posed for pho­to­graphs with it, un­wit­tingly with a cut on his hand. That was on the Tues­day night.

By Friday he was slip­ping in and out of con­scious­ness and was rushed to his lo­cal A&E with a rapidly swelling fin­ger. The end re­sult wasn’t too pleas­ant! (See im­age be­low).

He had con­tracted sep­ti­caemia as a re­sult and is now very keen to get the mes­sage out there, to stop it hap­pen­ing to oth­ers. FAS gave Jack a free mem­ber­ship ticket as a ges­ture of good­will.

Sep­ti­caemia is caused by a large amount of bac­te­ria en­ter­ing the blood­stream, of­ten through cuts or breaks in the skin and can de­velop into sep­sis. It can be life-threat­en­ing and af­fects thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year. Carp­world con­tacted a doc­tor for rec­om­men­da­tions as to the best way to treat a cut whilst out­doors on the bank. His ad­vice was that as soon as pos­si­ble wash the cut with, ideally, a saline so­lu­tion (clean wa­ter with dis­solved ta­ble salt), or if that is not avail­able then fizzy min­eral wa­ter makes a de­cent sub­sti­tute, or at least clean wa­ter. The wound should then be dried with a clean tis­sue or cloth, and an an­tibi­otic wash/oint­ment such as Ger­mo­lene, Savlon or TCP ap­plied. Fi­nally, dress the wound with a wa­ter­proof dress­ing/ban­dage. On re­turn­ing home clean the wound again and ap­ply an­tibi­otic oint­ment and a fresh clean dress­ing. The doc­tor also strongly em­pha­sised that if at any time an an­gler starts to feel un­well af­ter cut­ting them­selves, par­tic­u­lartly if they are on a ses­sion spread over a few days, they should im­me­di­at­ley pack up and see their GP. Other than sep­ti­caemia, an­glers are at risk from sev­eral other dis­eases that are of­ten as­so­ci­ated with wa­ter/bank­side ac­tiv­ity, such as lep­tospiro­sis (Weil’s dis­ease) and ery­thrasma.

Here en­deth the les­son.

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