You live in an accident-prone world. Every day, on your way to the office, or while eating your lunch, you are bound to meet up with accidents. Misfortunes constitute the corners of the globe. These accidents vary from the simplest ones like staining your uniform to the most complicated ones like severe fractures.
You may end up having a fracture in your foot, knee, or arm. A fracture does not only hurt you but also makes you immobile for some time. There are times that you need to consider the assistance of medical professionals with your fracture. On the other hand, it is best to use a sling for the lower arm or the wrist. Here are the steps to follow in making a sling for an injured arm:
- Gather the materials needed. Home made sling tools are as follows: pins, scissors, cloth, medical tape, board (should be made of wood), and bandage or dressing. Make sure that you have all materials at hand before starting the procedure. This will save more time on your part.
- Secure your injured arm. You can do this by providing a roll of soft material, a cloth for example, in the patient’s injured arm. This process will help you keep the normal functioning of your arm.
- Make use of bandages. The bandages should be triangular. You need a minimum of two. Position the bandage. Make sure that the longest side of the triangle is facing the injured arm of the patient.
- Flex the patient’s elbow. Ninety degrees angle is the recommended bending position. The arm, on the other hand, should be at a twenty to thirty degree bent with reference to the floor. Make sure that the patient’s hand is elevated than his elbow.
- Wrap the patient’s arm in a triangular bandage. Locate the longest part of the bandage. Pull this portion to reach the side of the patient’s neck. Pull another portion of the bandage. Make sure that it will go over the other side of the patient’s neck. Fasten the bandage’s ends. Secure it behind the patient’s neck.
- Secure the triangular bandage. Wrap the arm many times. Fold the side opposite the longest side. Make sure that the shorter side touches the longer one. Fold it several times. Stop folding once you reach a width of four to five inches.
- Drag the dressing around the patient’s arms. The dressing shall go below the patient’s armpit and go above the wounded arm. Make certain that the dressing is analogous to the floor. To secure the dressing, tie the ends.
- Check regularly. Once the patient is wearing an arm sling, you have to supervise his motion and pulse, as well as his sensation. Make sure that he is always comfortable with the arm sling.
- Consider other measures. If you think the patient’s situation requires splint, use a splint (for extra arm support) before making a sling. Never alter the alignment of an injured arm. You can only do the realignment if the skin turns blue.
It is important to know how to make an arm sling especially if you are always acquainted with vigorous activities. An arm sling will not only be helpful to you but will also aid in assisting other people. Aside from pain reduction, an arm sling will help you prevent serious damages.