During amputation, a limb is removed either surgically or by injury. In either case, the immediate danger is the risk of hemorrhage.
The largest post-amputation danger is that of infection and sepsis. These wounds heal by granulation and that takes about a week. Until then, it is imperative to keep the amputated site very clean. Other things to watch out for after an amputation are excessive swelling and excessive wound drainage. Keeping the stump elevated helps to decrease the swelling. Apply and maintain a pressure dressing to help control the drainage.
A big issue with amputation - during and after, is controlling the pain related to the surgery and phantom sensations.
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