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How should I handle a severed body part?

  • Put the wrapped part in a plastic bag and seal the bag.
  • Keep the part cold and bag cool by placing it in a larger bag or container of an ice and water slurry, not on ice alone and not on dry ice, if possible, but do not freeze.

  • Be sure the part is taken to the hospital with the person. Doctors may be able to reattach it.

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