How to make an arm sling – and why?

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One of the essential items that you will find in both kits is a triangular bandage to make an arm-sling, used for injured collarbones, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. Do you know why you would use one of these?

Four reasons for putting an arm sling on an injured person:
1 ) It is a pain-killer. Every time damaged skin, muscle, tendons, bones and joints are moved, they send strong pain messages along the nerves to the brain. Ouch! If these damaged tissues are kept still and supported in an arm sling then the person will be in less pain.
2) It prevents secondary injury. If the damaged tissues are kept still in the sling, then this reduces the chance of bone fragments, torn veins and ligaments wobbling about and causing worse bleeding or swelling etc.
3) It accelerates recovery. It is scientifically proven that if, after an injury, people have their pain controlled and psychological stress reduced, they heal more quickly. Excellent First Aid includes reassuring the person with words, gestures and eye-contact whilst putting on an arm sling.
4) It gives a clear signal to others. When another person sees the arm sling, they know that the wearer is injured and needs to be cared for. A paramedic, nurse or doctor will also be able to direct their questions and treatment quickly to the injured arm, indicated by the presence of the arm sling.

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With thanks to HealthFirst for contributing this blogpost. HealthFirst is the provider of dynamic First Aid Courses and Health Education, in English, in Switzerland. To find out more, go to You can book your course online or contact us for more information. Can’t come to us? We can come to your home, school, work place or sports club.

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