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.
  • 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.


We hope you find this article useful. This is one in an alphabetical series of articles addressing various symptoms and their first aid treatments. If you would like more information on related resuscitation and first aid training, please get in touch.


You might also be interested in our blog. One of our more popular articles is about quality or quantity when it comes to first aid training.


You can also sign-up to our newsletter here or at the bottom of our homepage.


First Response. Training for life. Training to save a life.

First Response Resuscitation & First Aid Training Ltd

9 Counterpool Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DQ

Tel: 0117 949 0944



Registered Office:

86 Shirehampton Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 2DR

Company No. 06983048. Registered in England & Wales


Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection Register): Registered Number Z1874 429


Terms & Conditions | Disclaimer

Cookies Policy | Privacy Policy | Coronavirus


© 2021 First Response. All rights reserved

Latest News

Resupply of Auto-injectors announced

Resupply of Auto-injectors announced Bausch & Lomb have announced that the 300 and 500 microgram...

Read More ...

Study of the quality of face masks

Study of the quality of face masks The quality of face masks healthcare workers wear makes a huge...

Read More ...

HPC reg logo CMYK    CPDcertified    CPDmember