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Emergency Medicine

Field EMS Physician Limb Amputation Training and Guidelines

Since the 1970’s, there have been suggestions to develop a formal curriculum and protocol for performing field extremity amputations. Several events since this time, including the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, have demonstrated the potential need for such a program. However, a curriculum including a didactic lecture and skills demonstration for this high risk, low frequency procedure has never been established. This instructional video serves as a bridge between the prehospital environment and definitive surgical treatment. It includes a brief historical background, indications and equipment necessary for performing the procedure and finally a surgical demonstration of a lower extremity amputation performed on a cadaver.

Field Physician Manual (PDF)

Field Amputation: An Introduction

This video serves as a basic introduction for performing a field amputation. It includes a brief historical background on field amputations, and includes indications and necessary equipment.

Field Upper Extremity Amputation

This video reviews the basic steps for performing a field upper extremity amputation.

Field Lower Extremity Amputation

This video reviews the basic steps for performing a field lower extremity amputation.

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M. Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor
Chief, Section of EMS and Disaster Medicine
Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
The Institute for Health & Equity
Medical College of Wisconsin

9200 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Pavilion 1P
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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colella@mcw.edu