Tick Removal (Emergency Medicine)

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PRE-PROCEDURE
INDICATIONS
  • Attached tick
EQUIPMENT
  • Curved hemostat
  • Fine tip forceps
  • Antiseptic, lidocaine, syringe, needle, and #11 blade scalpel (if excision of mouthparts is required)
  • Gloves
  • Alcohol specimen bottle (optional)

PROCEDURE
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POST-PROCEDURE
CARE
  • Routine prophylaxis against Lyme disease is not recommended.
  • Prophylaxis for Lyme disease should be considered in areas where it is endemic, especially if the tick has been attached for more than 48 hours.
COMPLICATIONS
  • Local complications: secondary bacterial infection and granuloma formation
  • Systemic complications: Lyme disease, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, erlichiosis, babesiosis, tick paralysis
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