Emergency Care for an Accidental Amputation - Topic Overview
Care for the completely amputated body part
Recover the amputated body part, if possible,
and transport it to the hospital with the injured person. If the part can't be
found right away, transport the injured person to the hospital and bring the
amputated part to the hospital when it is found.
Gently rinse off
dirt and debris with clean water, if possible. Do not scrub.
the amputated part in a dry, sterile gauze or clean cloth.
wrapped part in a plastic bag or waterproof container.
plastic bag or waterproof container on ice. The goal is to keep the amputated
part cool but not to cause more damage from the cold ice. Do not cover the part
with ice or put it directly into ice water.
Care for the part of the body where the amputation happened
Stop the bleeding.
Wrap or cover the injured area with a sterile
dressing or clean cloth until medical treatment is received.
Care for a partially amputated body part
Elevate the injured area.
cover the injured area with a sterile dressing or clean cloth. Apply pressure
if the injured area is bleeding. This will slow the bleeding until the person
receives medical care. You don't want to cut off the blood flow to the
partially amputated part, so pressure needs to be light—just enough to slow
Gently splint the injured area to prevent movement or