Call 911 if a fishook is:
- Embedded in the person’s eye or face
- Deeply embedded in the skin
For a Fishhook in or Near Eye:
1. Protect Eye From Further Injury
- Do not try to remove fishhook or put pressure on eye.
- Call for emergency medical help.
- Place a paper cup over the eye and tape it in place. Be careful not to put pressure on the fishhook or eye.
- If possible, cover the uninjured eye, too.
For Fishhook Injuries Not on Face:
1. Remove Hook
- If only tip -- not the barb -- is in skin, gently pull out hook.
- If barb is stuck but you can see it, cut off barb with pliers and pull out ends.
- If barb is stuck and you can't see it, push hook through wound until barb emerges, then cut and remove barb and shaft.
2. Stop Bleeding
- Apply steady pressure with sterile gauze or clean cloth until bleeding stops.
3. Clean and Protect
- Rinse wound under clean water for several minutes. Then wash area with mild soap and water, and rinse again.
- Cover with sterile bandage.
4. Get Medical Help Immediately
- See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room.
- The person may need a tetanus shot and pain reliever.
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