How to Transport a Piece of Tongue

Topic Overview

Follow these steps to transport a piece of severed tongue:

  1. Wrap the piece of tongue in a clean cloth or sterile gauze, if available.
  2. Put the wrapped piece of tongue in a bag of ice to keep it cool. Do not put the tongue directly on the ice. Do not immerse the tongue in ice water.
  3. Go to the emergency room right away. Be sure to take the bag with you.

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Current as of: February 26, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
David Messenger MD

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