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A 35-year-old man is brought into the emergency department by emergency medical services with his right hand wrapped in bloody bandages. The patient states that he is a carpenter and was cutting some wood for a home renovation project when he looked away and injured one of his digits with a circular table saw. He states that his index finger was sliced off and is being brought in by his wife. On exam, his vitals are within normal limits and stable, and he is missing part of his second digit on his right hand distal to the proximal interphalangeal joint. How should the digit be transported to the hospital for the best outcome?
Wrapped in a towel
In a sterile bag of tap water
In a sterile plastic bag wrapped in saline moistened gauze
In a sterile plastic bag wrapped in saline moistened gauze on ice
In the pocket of a coat or a jacket
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A 54-year-old male carpenter accidentally amputated his right thumb while working in his workshop 30 minutes ago. He reports that he was cutting a piece of wood, and his hand became caught up in the machinery. He is calling the emergency physician for advice on how to transport his thumb and if it is necessary. Which of the following is the best information for this patient?
Place thumb directly into cooler of ice
Place thumb in cup of cold milk
Wrap thumb in sterile gauze and submerge in a cup of saline
Wrap thumb in saline-moistened, sterile gauze and place in sterile bag
There is no need to save the thumb