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.
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.
Care for all wounds first before applying a splint or sling. If bone is visible in the injured site, call your local emergency number (such as 911) or local hospital for further advice.
HOW TO MAKE A SLING
Do NOT try to realign an injured body part unless the skin looks pale or blue or there is no pulse.
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.
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.
Sling - instructions