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Alternative Names Return to topSling - instructions
Definition Return to top
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.
Considerations Return to top
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.
First Aid Return to top
Care for all wounds first before applying a splint or sling.
HOW TO MAKE A SLING
DO NOT Return to top
Do NOT try to realign an injured body part unless the skin looks pale or blue or there is no pulse.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Seek medical help if the person has a dislocation, broken bone, or severe bleeding. Also seek professional medical help if you cannot completely immobilize the injury at the scene by yourself.
Prevention Return to top
Safety is the best way to avoid broken bones caused by falling. Some diseases make bones break more easily, so use caution when assisting a person with fragile bones.
Avoid activities that strain the muscles or bones for long periods of time as these can cause weakness and falls. Also, use appropriate caution when walking on slippery or uneven surfaces.Update Date: 6/9/2008 Updated by: John E. Duldner, Jr., MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine Akron General Medical Center and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.