Mx of amputated digits

Management of amputated digits in the Emergency Department.

  • Wrap the amputated tissue in sterile gauze that has been soaked in sterile normal saline
  • Place the tissue in a specimen container
  • Attach a patient label to the specimen container
  • Place in the fridge in the resuscitation room
  • Informed consent for exploration / potential re-implantation obtained by the surgeon planning the surgery
Amputated digits 1


The consent form for disposal of body tissue is stored in the post mortem request drawer at the nurse's station in the ED at CUH. The reference number is 454/V1 2002.

Content by SN Miriam Rigney, Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 08/06/04.   Reviewed by Dr ÍOS 08/05/2005, 31/01/2007, 06/02/2009. Last review Dr ÍOS 21/06/21