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When you respond to a report of a complete or partial amputation, what you do in the field can have a tremendous impact on the patient's outcome.
Our orthopedic team has developed a free poster, Hand/Limb Microvascular Replantation: Preservation of the Amputated Part, and a list of tips to help you care for your patients out in the field and increase the likelihood of successful replantation.
Time is of the Essence
A significant delay in reattaching the amputated part can preclude successful replantation. The more proximal the amputation, the more critical the ischemia time because of the larger muscle mass involved. Cooling is essential to maintain amputate viability.
Patients with finger, extremity, scalp, ear or nose amputations may be replantation candidates. Several other factors, such as age, co-morbidities, area and mechanism of injury, are also evaluated when determining eligibility for replantation. The final decision regarding replantation can only be made by the replantation surgeon.