This is a serious injury. It is when a limb is severed or torn away from the body.
NOTE: It is important to remember to retrieve the amputated body part.
In addition to normal control methods for external bleeding, you may also need to:
- Use multiple pads and bandages to be applied to the wound site to stop bleeding.
- In extreme cases a constrictive bandage may be used if bleeding cannot be controlled.
- Call 000 for an ambulance.
Caring for the amputated body part
The amputated body part has the greatest chance of being re-attached by a specialist doctor if it is handled correctly as follows:
- Place the amputated body part in a watertight plastic bag.
- The plastic bag can then be placed in a container of iced or cold water.
- DO NOT allow ice or water to come into direct contact with the amputated body part.
- DO NOT wash the amputated body part. Washing can damage the tissue and nerve endings and reduces the chance of being successfully re-attached to the casualty.
- DO NOT place body parts into a fridge or freezer.
- The casualty and the amputated body part are to travel to the hospital together.