Dealing with Splinters and Fish Hooks
Large objects embedded in a wound, or foreign objects near to a vulnerable site such as the eye, need special care and medical treatment. Smaller debris, such as shards of glass or splinters of wood, stuck into minor wounds can usually be successfully managed at home without further treatment.
First Aid For Removing splinters
While the injuries associated with an embedded fish hook may be relatively minor, they are particularly difficult to remove because of their barbed ends. Only try to remove one if medical help is not readily available, for example if you are on a boat.
When medical help is easy to access
When medical help may take some time to arrive
If you can see the barb:
First Aid for Treating a larger embedded object
If the object is very long, provide additional support at its base to prevent it moving.
If you cannot see the barb:
If the barb cannot be easily removed, do not attempt to remove the hook - instead, treat as for a larger embedded object.
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