Amputation: 

Description:

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.

 

Treatment:

  • 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.

 

CAUTION:

  • 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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