Replantation of an amputated extremity or part of the body
At the scene of injury Stop the bleeding with pressure bandage. Lift the extremity up. Collect all the severed parts of the body to be taken with the patient. Remember the possibility of replantation. Indications, see below. In the emergency room Inspect the stump and the severed part visually and, if necessary, palpate carefully wearing sterile gloves. An x-ray may be taken. Cool the amputated part. The patient is transported quickly to the place where final operative treatment is available. Call the receiving facility when referring the patient. The patient's opinion about the utility of a replantation is also considered.