Beware of the dangers of cuts whilst fishing
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.