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How to make a sling

  • Definition

    A sling is a device used to support and keep still (immobilize) an injured part of the body.

    Slings can be used for many different injuries, but are most often used when you have a broken (fractured) or dislocated arm or shoulder.

    See also:

    • Dislocations
    • Fractures

    Alternative Names

    Sling - instructions


    Considerations

    If an injury needs a splint, apply the splint first, and then apply the sling.

    Always check the person's skin color and pulse (circulation) after the injured body part has been immobilized. If the area becomes cool, turns pale or blue, or if the patient develops numbness or tingling, loosen the splint and bandage.