How a tiny cut on your finger could cost you your life – if it means you develop sepsis
You must always disinfect the wound or you may die
Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection
It kills more people a year than breast and bowel cancer combined
Symptoms include a rapid heart rate, fast breathing, muscle pain, confusion
The condition is little known among patients but causes 37,000 deaths yearly
When Chris Aldred cut his finger moving a computer, he didn’t give it a second thought. ‘I just popped a plaster on and forgot about it – I’ve had worse cuts opening an envelope.’
He can’t even recall which digit was affected. ‘I just remember catching my right hand on something sharp,’ says Chris, 45, an IT specialist from Bolton, Lancashire.
But this apparently innocuous wound led to an abscess on his spine and then sepsis – a life-threatening response to infection that kills more people a year than breast and bowel cancer combined. Chris lost four stone in six weeks and was off work for 18 months.
Good video below:
h/t White Eagle PL