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If you lose an arm or leg in an explosion, what's the best way to treat the injury until help arrives?

19 doctors weighed in
4 doctors agree

In brief: Traumatic amputation

Traumatic amputations occur during high energy trauma.
A tourniquet should be applied as soon as possible, such as a belt or thin piece of fabric and tied tight enough to stop as much bleeding as possible. At that point pressure should be applied to stop bleeding if possible. The body will go into hypovolemic shock due to blood loss. Elevate the injured extremity if possible and rapidly seek care.

In brief: Traumatic amputation

Traumatic amputations occur during high energy trauma.
A tourniquet should be applied as soon as possible, such as a belt or thin piece of fabric and tied tight enough to stop as much bleeding as possible. At that point pressure should be applied to stop bleeding if possible. The body will go into hypovolemic shock due to blood loss. Elevate the injured extremity if possible and rapidly seek care.
Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tourniquet- pressure

Slowing down life threatening blood loss is the #1 goal, so applying a tourniquet or at least applying firm pressure broadly to the exsanguinating injured limb is paramount to saving the life of the injured person.

In brief: Tourniquet- pressure

Slowing down life threatening blood loss is the #1 goal, so applying a tourniquet or at least applying firm pressure broadly to the exsanguinating injured limb is paramount to saving the life of the injured person.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
do not use a tourniquet around the neck
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Surgery - Trauma
3 doctors agree

In brief: Direct Pressure

Or tourniquet applied 2" above severed portion of the limb

In brief: Direct Pressure

Or tourniquet applied 2" above severed portion of the limb
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stop the bleeding

Stoping the bleeding is the most important priority.
A tourniquet should be applied to the area and the bleeding stopped. Then you can concentrate on calling for assistance. Hope this helps.

In brief: Stop the bleeding

Stoping the bleeding is the most important priority.
A tourniquet should be applied to the area and the bleeding stopped. Then you can concentrate on calling for assistance. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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Dr. Joseph Marra
Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Control the bleeding

An Injury resulting in loss of an extremity may result in excessive blood loss.
Try to stay calm and keep patient calm. I would recommend applying direct pressure with a towel and also elevation of limb to control the bleeding. If bleeding is difficult to control, a tourniquet may be applied to help gain control. Try to keep area as clean as possible. Save severed body part if possible.

In brief: Control the bleeding

An Injury resulting in loss of an extremity may result in excessive blood loss.
Try to stay calm and keep patient calm. I would recommend applying direct pressure with a towel and also elevation of limb to control the bleeding. If bleeding is difficult to control, a tourniquet may be applied to help gain control. Try to keep area as clean as possible. Save severed body part if possible.
Dr. Joseph Marra
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Dr. Darwin Eton
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bleeding control

Bleeding leads to Blood Pressure drop.
The vessels spasm as the gush slows. If one can keep conscious and overcome the emotions, applying immediate pressure on the bleeding vessels is life saving. A bystander could sit on the extremity while a belt is tightly applied just above the transection.

In brief: Bleeding control

Bleeding leads to Blood Pressure drop.
The vessels spasm as the gush slows. If one can keep conscious and overcome the emotions, applying immediate pressure on the bleeding vessels is life saving. A bystander could sit on the extremity while a belt is tightly applied just above the transection.
Dr. Darwin Eton
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stop the bleeding

A severed limb will tear large arteries and cause massive blood loss.
The best way to slow the blood loss is with a tourniquet.

In brief: Stop the bleeding

A severed limb will tear large arteries and cause massive blood loss.
The best way to slow the blood loss is with a tourniquet.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stop the bleeding

but I suspect you are messing with us, from the nature of your questions

In brief: Stop the bleeding

but I suspect you are messing with us, from the nature of your questions
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
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Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry

In brief: Institute immediate

measures to stop blood loss.

In brief: Institute immediate

measures to stop blood loss.
Dr. Elton Behner
Dr. Elton Behner
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Tourniquet if needed

Be sure you know how to do this.
If bleeding cannot be stopped by pressure, the tourniquet will require a winch mechanism of some sort.

In brief: Tourniquet if needed

Be sure you know how to do this.
If bleeding cannot be stopped by pressure, the tourniquet will require a winch mechanism of some sort.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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