Regarding the Taiwanese vet who had his arm bitten off by a crocodile, I read a followup story, and at the end of the piece they listed these instructions on how to save a severed limb.
To the rescue
How to save a severed limb:
1: Wrap the severed limb in clingfilm or put it in a polythene bag
2: Wrap this again in something soft such as a tea towel. Then place in another plastic bag, filled with crushed ice.
3: Note time of the injury and casualty’s name and label the bag
4: Artery forceps are applied to stem bleeding and pad and bandage pressure dressing is used against the wound to control haemorrhage
5: Chances of survival for extremities and digits is 70-80 per cent. If the severed limb can be salvaged, surgeons will carry out limb replantation surgery where it is attached back to the body. If the limb is dead only a prosthetic can be attached
Great advice---if the person lost their limb in a kitchen!!!
I guess I'll start carrying clingfilm around with me, just in case.
A tea towel? The article was out of the UK. How about a golf towel, I wonder if that would work.
I wonder if they'd be okay with marking the time and name right on the severed appendage with a magic marker.
I also wonder, does Wal-mart sell artery forceps, I'll carry those around with the clingwrap.
More than likely, the situation is going to be such that in the pandemonium of someone losing a limb, just remembering to grab it and wrap in your sweaty t-shirt should suffice.