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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Current as ofNovember 20, 2017

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