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First aid for amputation

The following advice shows the first aid treatment for amputation

1. Control blood loss by applying direct pressure and raising the injured part above the casualty's heart.

2. Place a sterile dressing or a non-fluffy clean pad on the wound, and secure it with a bandage.

3. Treat the casualty for shock

4. Call 999/112 for emergency help. Tell them amputation is involved.

5. Monitor and record vital signs - level of response, breathing and pulse - while waiting for help to arrive.

6. Wrap the severed part in kitchen film or a plastic bag. Wrap the package in gauze or soft fabric and place it in a container full of crushed ice. Mark the container with the time of injury and the casualty's name. Give it to the emergency personnel yourself.


DO NOT wash the severed part.
DO NOT let the severed part touch the crushed ice when packing it.
DO NOT allow the casualty to eat or drink because an anaesthetic may be needed.

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