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How to Transport a Piece of Tongue

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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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By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 20, 2012

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