How to make a sling

Sling - instructions

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. They are most often used when you have a broken (fractured) or dislocated arm or shoulder.

Triangular shoulder sling

Slings can be used for many different injuries, but most typically for arm or shoulder fractures, or dislocations. To help stabilize an injury, a triangular sling can be made out of a large square piece of cloth.

Shoulder sling

After a shoulder injury you may be fitted with a shoulder sling to help immobilize the joint to aid in the healing process. Your provider may advise you to apply ice to help ease pain and swelling.

Creating a sling - series

To create a sling and swathe, begin with a triangular cloth or bandage draped under one arm and over the opposite shoulder.

Considerations

First Aid

Do Not

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention