A thirty-eight-year-old man has recently died after scratching himself on a nail. The dad of two tragically died five days after the incident after contracting sepsis.
Just two days after catching his finger on a metal nail, Ben Yelland began to feel ill. He was taken to the hospital where it was established he had sepsis. But unfortunately, Ben could not be saved and died just three days later.
With construction workers coming into contact with these kinds of materials on a daily basis, it is a reminder that people need to be aware of this “silent killer”. Just a small cut can cause sepsis and can act fast so it is key to know the signs and symptoms.
Specifically, Sepsis kills 44,000 people in the UK each year. Some of the symptoms include high temperatures, having blushed, pale or mottled skin and extreme tiredness. Alongside this, those suffering from sepsis could also experience dizziness, vomiting, diarrhoea, fast breathing and muscle pain.
The chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust stated: “stories like Ben’s remind us of the devastating human cost of sepsis.”
“Every day in the UK, individuals and families have their lives torn apart by the condition, but better awareness could save thousands of lives each year.”
“Whenever there are signs of infection, it’s crucial that members of the public seek medical attention urgently.”
“With every hour that passes before the right antibiotics are administered, risk of death increases.”
After the loss of Ben Yelland, his family and friends now want to raise money for researchers. They described: “if anything good can possibly come from this it would be to raise awareness of this little-known infection.”
It’s not just sepsis that is a silent killer on site though. Weil’s disease is another one. Symptoms could start as just a general cold or the flu but then, if not treated could escalate to organ failure and internal bleeding! Take a look at the full report on Weil’s disease here.
Asbestos is another one. Apparently, twenty workers a week die from asbestos! And construction workers could possibly come into contact with asbestos dust more than one hundred times a year! Take a look at the full report here.
So what do you think of this? Could you be at risk from one of these silent killers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.