Points to Know About Traumatic Amputations

  • Amputations can be some of the most serious types of injuries. Here’s what you need to know about losing a body part due to an injury or accident, a horrific occurrence known as traumatic amputation.


    Causes of Traumatic Amputations

    Traumatic amputations usually occur due to motor vehicle accidents, power tool accidents, or accidents at work. They may also occur during natural disasters and war.


    What to Expect After a Traumatic Amputation

    A body part can sometimes be reattached if it is completely severed. However, soft tissue sometimes remains and connects the partially severed part to the body. In these cases, reattachment may not be possible. Proper emergency medical care and critical care are necessary for an optimal outcome.


    First Aid for Traumatic Amputations

    If you must provide first aid for traumatic amputations, it’s important to remember that saving the victim’s life is more important than saving his or her amputated body part. Always call emergency medical services as soon as possible.

    First, check the victim’s breathing and circulation. Administer CPR and take steps to control bleeding. Control bleeding through direct pressure to the wound. Elevate the wounded area. Use a tight bandage or tourniquet.

    Save the amputated body part so surgeons can try to reattach it. Try to rinse any dirt or debris from the part, if you can. Wrap the part in a clean, damp cloth, place it in a sealed plastic bag, and place the bag in ice water. If you can’t cool the part in this way, do what you can to keep it away from heat and give it to emergency medical responders.

    Keep the injured person warm and calm and stay with him or her until help arrives.


    Amputation Attorneys at Craig Swapp & Associates Can Help

    If you have suffered a traumatic amputation in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to financial compensation. The lawyers at Craig Swapp & Associates can help you figure out the best way to move forward. Call us at 1-800-404-9000 or check out our website to schedule a consultation.