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A limb that has been partially or completely severed.


Signs & Symptoms:

• History of trauma (injury) from external pressure.

• Limb may be completely detached or remain partially attached by tissue.

• Patient may be suffering from shock. Shock can be psychological (mental) which can 

   give symptoms such as palpitations and feeling faint but doesn't usually lead to physical collapse.

   However shock can be also be physiological (circulatory) resulting from blood loss which can

   lead to collapse or even death.



• Wear protective gloves.

• Lay the patient down if they feel faint.

• Control any bleeding with pressure dressings.

• Place the amputated limb in a plastic bag or cling film.

• Place bag in or around a package of ice.

• Dial 999.



• Do not wash the severed part.

• Do not allow the severed part to come into direct contact with ice or water.



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Clive Haddrell Cert Ed LIQA MSET

NHS Paramedic Tutor, NHS Ambulance Emergency Driving Tutor, FAETC 1&2, Cert/Ed, D32, D33, LIQA. Manual Handling Tutor (RoSPA) and Member of the Society for Education and Training. I have over thirty years experience with the former Avon Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and recently with Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust. My experience includes the role of paramedic tutor, rapid response motorcycle paramedic. For the last 25years paramedic advisor to the well-known BBC television program "Casualty".

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