(c) After adequate anesthetic, use an 18-gauge needle to cover the
barb. Pass the needle through the wound entrance parallel to the shank of the
fishhook. Sheath the barb and allow the fishhook to be backed out.
The injuries and problems addressed in this lesson can be quickly resolved by
relatively minor surgical procedures. The important role you play is the assurance that
the patient does not sustain additional injury or infection from the procedures.