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Published on May 08, 2017
The lakes draw many to live and vacation in our beautiful area. However, a common injury for those who fish or just hang out near docks and boats is becoming "hooked" when the intended catch was a fish.
The medical team at Essentia Health recommends removing the fish hook from your finger using the String Yank Technique:
We do not recommend pushing the hook through your skin and cutting the barb as this introduces another potential wound for infection. Also, do not try to remove a fish hook that is deeply embedded in the skin, 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 medical attention immediately.
Essentia offers convenient locations for walk-in care and emergency care when the unexpected happens. Locations and wait times can be viewed at www.EssentiaHealth.org.
If fishing is a favorite past time, we recommend your tackle box contain an electrician' pliers with a wire-cutting blade and disinfecting solution. Additionally, don't forget to receive a Tetanus immunization every 10 years. If needed, it may be done any time in the 72 hours following the injury.