FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Amputation Treatment

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Managing Amputated Limbs: Procedures and Considerations


Amputated limbs, though rare in day-to-day life, require immediate attention and proper management to optimize chances of salvage and minimize complications.

Prioritizing Blood Flow Control

Stemming blood flow is paramount in managing amputations, particularly to address arterial bleeds which can lead to rapid blood loss:

  • Primary Survey: Conduct a swift assessment (within 90 seconds) to identify life-threatening issues, including arterial bleeds.
  • Bleed Control: Utilize elevation and pressure techniques, with the potential use of trauma dressings or tourniquets for severe bleeding.

Handling Amputated Limbs

Preservation and Transport

Proper handling of the amputated limb is critical to facilitate potential salvage:

  • Cling Film Wrapping: Wrap the severed limb in cling film to create a barrier against infection and maintain cleanliness.
  • Insulation: Further protect the limb by wrapping it in towels or blankets before submerging it in cold water or ice.
  • Avoid Direct Contact: Ensure that ice or cold packs do not directly touch the wound site to prevent nerve damage.
  • Transportation: Promptly transport the patient and the severed limb to a specialist hospital, often via helicopter for expedited care.

Tooth Preservation

Similar principles apply to the preservation and potential reattachment of knocked-out teeth:

  • Root Preservation: If a tooth is intact with the root, store it in milk to maintain viability before seeking dental assistance.
  • Immediate Dental Care: Take the child to a dentist promptly with the milk-preserved tooth for potential reinsertion.


While amputation may seem irreversible, prompt and appropriate management can increase the likelihood of limb salvage and dental reattachment, highlighting the importance of proper care and preservation techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO3.1, 3.2, 3.3 & 3.4