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When and how can you remove a fishhook after an injury?

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If the hook is not near the eye or deep into a joint, bone, or muscle:

  • Cut any fishing line, fish, bait, or lure from the fishhook.
  • Use ice or cold water for 2 to 3 minutes to numb the area.
  • If the barb of the fishhook has not entered the skin, pull the tip of the hook back out.
  • If the barb is embedded in the skin, first try the string-pull method.
  • If medical help is not available and the fishhook is deeply embedded in the skin, try the advance-and-cut method. Push the hook the rest of the way through the skin, snip off the barb with wire cutters, and remove the rest of the fishhook from where it entered the skin.

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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