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What should you do about fishhook injuries?

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Don’t try to remove fishhook or put pressure if it’s in the eye or deeply embedded. Call 911 or go to the ER instead. Leave the fishhook alone also if you’re afraid to take it out or fear further damage, the injured person isn’t calm, or the hook is in a joint, bone, or deep in a muscle.

From: Fishhook Injuries WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

American College of Emergency Physicians: "What to Do in a Medical Emergency: Cuts and Abrasions" and "What to do in a Medical Emergency: Puncture Wounds."

Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (content by Healthwise): "Fishhook in an Eyelid or Near an Eye."

University of Michigan Health Center: "Removing a Fishhook." 

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Subbarao, I. , Random House Reference, 2009. AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care

Fermie, P. Lorenz Books, 2005. The Illustrated Practical Book of First Aid & Family Health,

American College of Emergency Physicians: "What to Do in a Medical Emergency: Cuts and Abrasions" and "What to do in a Medical Emergency: Puncture Wounds."

Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (content by Healthwise): "Fishhook in an Eyelid or Near an Eye."

University of Michigan Health Center: "Removing a Fishhook." 

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 16, 2018

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