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Amputation - traumatic
Traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part -- usually a finger, toe, arm, or leg -- that occurs as the result of an accident or trauma.
Traumatic amputations usually result directly from factory, farm, or power tool accidents or from motor vehicle accidents. Natural disasters, war, and terrorist attacks can also cause traumatic amputations.
- A body part that has been completely or partially cut off
- Bleeding (may be minimal or severe, depending on the location and nature of the injury)
- Pain (the degree of pain is not always related to the severity of the injury or the amount of bleeding)
- Crushed body tissue (badly mangled, but still partially attached by muscle, bone, tendon or skin)
Use safety equipment when using factory, farm, or power tools. Wear seat belts when driving a motor vehicle. Always use good judgment and observe appropriate safety precautions.