Foreign body removal is an accident waiting to happen. Sometimes those accidents involve foreign objects getting lodged where they shouldn’t be in our bodies. Whether it’s a child swallowing a small toy or an adult stepping on a piece of glass, foreign body removal is a common reason people visit emergency rooms. Our goal is to help you understand what to expect during such visits.
Types of Foreign Body Incidents
Foreign body removal cases are diverse. You’ll find anything from splinters, glass shards, and fishhooks. While many of these incidents are straightforward to treat, some require immediate attention due to their potentially dangerous and deadly complications. (NCBI)
Treatment methods can vary greatly depending on the situation. Some cases might be as simple as using tweezers to remove a splinter, while others might require X-rays and surgical intervention. Techniques can range from manual extraction to endoscopic procedures based on the object’s nature and location. (Rupert et al.)
Any medical procedure comes with its set of risks. Infections and tissue damage are common concerns. Some foreign bodies can cause more serious internal issues if not addressed immediately. (Christian C Bannerman)
Different age groups face different kinds of risks. Children are more likely to swallow small objects out of curiosity, while adults might encounter foreign bodies through accidents or injuries. The approach to treatment may differ depending on the patient’s age.
Did Your Child Swallow a Button Battery?
Swallowed button batteries are particularly dangerous because they can cause internal chemical burns in a very short period. If you suspect someone has swallowed a button battery, seek immediate medical attention.
When to Visit the ER
Foreign body removal is a common emergency room procedure. While many cases are straightforward, it’s crucial to act quickly, especially for more severe cases. Knowing what to expect can help reduce stress and improve outcomes.
If you or someone you know encounters a situation requiring foreign body removal, it’s comforting to know that we are equipped to handle it. Being informed about the process can make the experience less daunting and frightening for everyone involved.
NCBI. Wound Foreign Body Removal – Statpearls – NCBI Bookshelf, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554447/.
Rupert, Jedda, et al. “Foreign Bodies in The Skin: Evaluation and Management.” American Family Physician, 15 June 2020, www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2020/0615/p740.html.
Christian C Bannerman, MD. “Wound Foreign Body Removal.” Overview, Indications, Contraindications, Medscape, 8 Oct. 2021, emedicine.medscape.com/article/1508207-overview?form=fpf.