FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Horizontal Slings

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Applying a Horizontal Sling for Arm Injuries

Understanding how to apply a horizontal sling is essential in first aid, particularly for injuries requiring immobilisation of the arm in a horizontal position. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for applying a horizontal sling using a triangular bandage.

When to Use a Horizontal Sling

A horizontal sling is used to immobilise an arm with injuries such as a damaged limb or when a splint is applied. It ensures the arm remains in a steady, horizontal position.

Preparing the Triangular Bandage

Choose a suitable triangular bandage, either calico (fabric) or paper, commonly found in first aid kits. Unlike an elevated sling, no knot is needed in the bandage for a horizontal sling.

Applying the Sling

Place the bandage under the injured arm, positioning the 90-degree corner accordingly, and bring the ends over the arm.

Securing the Sling

  • Adjust the bandage for comfort before tying a knot at the top.
  • Ensure the sling is snug but does not restrict circulation.
  • Consider leaving the hand exposed for monitoring purposes.

Final Adjustments and Comfort

Check for a proper fit and comfort. The sling should support the arm securely without being overly tight. Use pins or tape for additional security if needed.

Ensuring Stability and Monitoring

Ensure the sling provides adequate support for the arm. Perform a capillary refill check to confirm good blood flow to the hand.

Applying a horizontal sling correctly is crucial in first aid for providing support and immobilisation to arm injuries.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO1.1, 1.2 & 2.1