What you should know:
An amputated finger or part of a limb may be microsurgically reattached, provided that you follow certain rules regarding the packaging of the amputated part and delays before treatment.
What you should do:
Rinse the wound in physiological saline only.
Do not use cotton wool or coloured antiseptics, as these will harm the tissue.
Apply a moderate pressure dressing to the injured limb and keep it elevated.
Dry the amputated part, wrap it in dressings if possible, and place in a clean, watertight plastic bag.
Then place the plastic bag in a container with ice.
Ensure you keep an empty stomach (do not eat or drink)
Refrain from smoking
Contact the emergency department as soon as possible
What you should not do:
Apply a tourniquet
Allow the amputated part to come into direct contact with the ice (this causes serious injury through oedema and tissue burns), water or any other coloured liquid.