A sling is used to stop the casualties are moving and to protect an injured upper arm wrist or forearm so it can heal. It’s also a useful warning to others that someone has an injury so they should be careful around them. There are two types of sling: an arm sling and an elevation sling. An arm sling is used for upper arm injuries, wrist injuries and rib injuries to hold the arm in a horizontal or slightly raised position. An elevation sling holds the arm in a higher position, with the casualties fingertips touching their shoulder. This type of sling is used to support the arm controlled bleeding and to reduce swelling. To make an arm sling this is what to do. Stand beside the elbow of the injured arm, ask the casualty to support their injured arm with the other hand. Gently slide the triangular bandage under their arm and over their shoulder. With the longest edge parallel to their body and the tip of the bandage sticking out past the elbow of their injured arm. Gently bring the end which is over their shoulder behind their neck to the opposite shoulder. Take the bit that’s hanging down over their arm and up to meet the other end at their shoulder. Tie the ends together at the hollow above
their collarbone and tuck in the ends. Adjust the sling so that it supports the
whole of their arm all the way to the top of their little finger. Twist the tip by their elbow until it fits snugly around their elbow and tuck it in or safety pin it. Check their circulation by squeezing their fingernail for five seconds, when you let go the colour should return within two seconds. If it’s too tight loosen the bandage and sling and tie them again. Keep checking every 10
minutes. To make an elevation sling this is what to do. Stand beside the elbow of the injured arm. Ask the casualty to support their injured arm so the fingertips of their injured arm touch their shoulder. This time lay the triangular bandage over the injured arm again with the long side parallel to their body and the tip of the bandage by the elbow of their injured arm. Wrap the bandage underneath their injured arm and take it diagonally across their back to meet the other end at their shoulder. Tie the ends in at the shoulder of their uninjured arm and tuck in the ends. Twist the tip of their elbow until it fits snugly around their elbow and tuck it in or safety pin it. Remember to check their circulation every 10 minutes.