Biology

Question

An accident resulted in a man’s hand being cut off from his arm. Paramedics arriving first on the scene
placed the cut-off hand in ice. The man and his hand were flown to a hospital, where doctors
successfully reattached the hand to his arm. Explain, using one biological reason, why placing the hand
in ice improved the chances of saving it.

1 Answer

  • Putting it in ice would decrease the flow of blood, aka "numbing the sever," which would not only decrease the loss of blood but the chances of the cells dying.