How to make an elevation sling
An elevation sling supports someone’s forearm and hand in a
raised position, with fingertips touching their shoulder. It helps
• support the arm for an injured hand
• control bleeding from wounds in the forearm or hand
• reduce swelling
Elevation sling – What you need to do
• Ask them to support their bad arm with their fingers
resting on the opposite shoulder.
• Put the triangular bandage over their chest, with one end
over the good shoulder. Hold the point of the bandage just below
• Then tuck the base of the bandage under their hand,
forearm and elbow.
• Bring the bit that’s hanging down up diagonally across
the back, to their shoulder.
• Tie the ends together in a reef knot at the hollow above
their collar bone and tuck in the ends.
• Twist the tip by their elbow until it fits snugly around
their elbow and tuck it in or safety pin it.
• Check their circulation in their fingers and keep
checking every ten minutes. If it’s too tight, loosen the bandage
and sling and tie them again.