Question - What are slings used for?

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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. There are many instances where you may be required to wear your arm in a sling after injury. These include: After a fracture: A shoulder fracture, elbow fracture, or wrist fracture may require that you wear a sling. It is important after a fracture to immobilize your arm to ensure that the bones heal properly. The four main types of slings are: Wire Rope: The most commonly used sling. Chain: Combines superior strength, ease of handling and durability. Mesh: Wire and Chain. Synthetic: Both web and round-slings are used where loads must be protected from damage. Sling Types Slings are generally one of six types: chain, wire rope, metal mesh, natural fiber rope, synthetic fiber rope, or synthetic web. In general, use and inspection procedures tend to place these slings into three groups: chain, wire rope and mesh, and fiber rope web. It is very important to wear your sling as directed by your doctor after surgery. The sling is typically used for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. You should not do any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder during the first six weeks after surgery.

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It is important you wear your sling in bed for the recommended period, unless you are instructed otherwise. We recommend you sleep on your back or unaffected side. When lying on your back we suggest you use a pillow underneath your injured arm for support.

When Should You Consider Using a Sling? Injuries to the hand, wrist, or forearm. When a person injures their hand, wrist or forearm, resulting in a wound or bleeding injury, a sling helps to keep that injury elevated and immobilized, promoting healing. Supporting a cast or splint. Surgeries. Stroke.

A sling is a bandage used to support an injured arm. To apply a sling: Support the arm above and below the site of the injury. Place the triangular bandage under the injured arm and over the uninjured shoulder to form the sling.

A joint dislocation, also called luxation, occurs when there is an abnormal separation in the joint, where two or more bones meet. Dislocations are often caused by sudden trauma on the joint like an impact or fall. A joint dislocation can cause damage to the surrounding ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

A broad–arm sling, collar and cuff or shoulder immobiliser may be prescribed for patients suffer- ing an injury to their arm or shoulder. Each of these act to support and splint the limb in a com- fortable position close to the body to allow healing. The type of sling used varies depending on the type of injury.

We recommend that a strip wash is safest and most comfortable initially. If you are showering, allow your injured arm to hang by your side whilst you use your good arm to wash.

SLEEPING: For the first 6 weeks your sling should be kept on while you are in bed. You may find it more comfortable to sleep on your back initially, with a pillow under your operated arm for support. You may also find it more comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position.

Sling use. Employers must use natural and synthetic fiber-rope slings that have permanently affixed and legible identification markings stating the rated capacity for the type(s) of hitch(es) used and the angle upon which it is based, type of fiber material, and the number of legs if more than one.

Frequent Inspection - The sling must be inspected by a designated person before each day or shift in Normal service conditions, or before each use in applications where a rapid rate of sling wear or other degradation may exist. Periodic Inspection - Every sling must be inspected "periodically".

Items to look for include: Missing or illegible sling identification. Acid or caustic burns. Melting or charring of any part of the sling. Holes, tears, cuts or snags. Broken or worn stitching in load bearing splices. Excessive abrasive wear. Knots in any part of the sling.

Sling. Definition: Flexible lifting attachment used with crane hook, bucket, shovel or similar to hoist and move materials or equipment. Potential Hazards: Falling materials. Sharp edges.

Round and Web Lifting Slings These types of slings need to be visually inspected by a “competent person” at a minimum of every 3 months.