Emergency Treatment for Amputation Caused by Maritime Accident

An accidental amputation is a catastrophic maritime injury that requires immediate action. Amputation occurs when a body part is removed and can occur during a planned medical procedure or from a maritime accident. It can be classified as complete, meaning the body part is completely severed, or it can be partial, meaning a portion remains attached to the body.

Depending on the severity of the amputation and the body part that was affected, it may be possible to reattach the appendage. If an amputation is caused by a maritime accident, emergency care is crucial. Immediately after the offshore accident, emergency services should be contacted. It is important to stop the bleeding and watch for signs of shock. The trauma of the maritime accident can cause the injured seaman to go into physiologic shock. Some of the signs to watch out for include loss of consciousness, lightheadedness, trouble standing and becoming less responsive.

The amputated limb may be able to be reattached, but there are steps that need to be taken to help improve the chances of recovery. The appendage should be cleaned with water, wrapped in a sterile cloth, placed in a waterproof container and transported in ice to the hospital with the injured seaman.

Compensation is generally available for maritime injury cases.