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Alternative namesFishhook removal from skin
DefinitionThis is removal of a fishhook that is embedded in the skin.
Except for fishhooks lodged in a victim's eye or located near an artery, the main advantage in getting medical help is that the fishhook can be removed under a local anesthetic.
If the barb of the hook has not entered the skin, pull the tip of the hook out in the opposite direction it went in. Otherwise, you can use one of the following methods for removal of a hook that is superficially (not deeply) embedded just beneath the skin:
Fish line method:
Wire cutting method:
Do not use these methods or otherwise attempt to remove a fishhook that is deeply embedded, lodged within a joint or tendon, or located in or near an eye or artery. If you are at all unsure, it is best to seek prompt medical attention.
A fishhook in the eye is a medical emergency, and you should seek immediate emergency medical care. The hook should be shielded or otherwise secured to avoid further movement, and the victim should be instructed to lie down with the head slightly elevated, and avoid moving the eye until medical care is obtained.
Call your doctor if:
Update Date: 1/22/2004Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT