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Prehospital amputation
  1. Keith M Porter
  1. ADCT, Selly Oak Hospital, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Keith M Porter, ADCT, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2WB, UK; keith.porter{at}


Prehospital surgical amputations are rarely necessary. This paper gives a historical perspective, the indications and contraindications for limb amputations, and details a simple technique for both surgeons and non-surgically qualified medical personnel.

  • Amputation
  • prehospital
  • surgical

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