Accidents happen and a lot of the times they can be avoided and then there are those times when they cannot. Individuals are surprised to find out that most accidents happen right around the house. A common major accident that occurs around the house is losing a finger or toe. A finger can easily be chopped off with sharp knives while cooking or electrical saws while preforming home improvement chores. It is very important to know the steps to take if one should lose a finger or toe. Acting promptly and correctly is most important.
Control the bleeding. The area will most likely begin to bleed a lot. It is important to control the bleeding. This should be done by applying direct pressure to the area. The bleeding needs to be controlled to avoid losing a significant amount of blood and becoming unconscious. Keep the dislocated appendage raised higher than the heart level if possible.
Locate dislocated appendage. The finger or toe needs to be located right away and rinsed. Make sure the appendage is not roughly handled. Rinsing off the appendage will keep bacteria from building up on the dislocated appendage.
Wrap the appendage in a dampen cloth. If possible use sterile gauze, if not then make sure the cloth is clean. The toe or finger should be wrapped up in a cool dampen cloth. Do not drop it directly down in a cold bag of ice. Individuals should instead place the cut off appendage in a cold bag of water. If put directly in cold ice the appendage can shrivel up and become hard to reattach.
Keep your appendage with you. Make sure the toe or finger is kept with up until the point the doctor walks in to examine the situation. This is to avoid having your appendage get missing. You only have a small window of time to have your appendage replanted.
It is important to remember to act quickly and do not panic. Most appendages can be reattached if handled the correct way. The most important thing to remember is to not panic and become hysterical and to make sure the finger or toe has been properly stored and is by your side.