Prehospital amputation

Emerg Med J. 2010 Dec;27(12):940-2. doi: 10.1136/emj.2009.074500. Epub 2010 Oct 29.


Prehospital surgical amputations are rarely necessary. This paper gives a historical perspective, the indications and contraindications for limb amputations, and details a simple technique for both surgeons and non-surgically qualified medical personnel.

MeSH terms

  • Amputation, Surgical / instrumentation
  • Amputation, Surgical / methods*
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods*
  • Extremities / surgery
  • Humans
  • Tourniquets