Sling and swathe splint

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Background

Indications

Procedure

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  • Assess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Apply sling and swathe as shown
    • A = Sling
    • B = Sling + Swathe
  • Reassess distal pulse, motor, and sensation
  • Perform shoulder range of motion exercises upon discharge unless contraindicated (Proximal humerus fracture)
  • Sling should extend to MCP joint of the immobilized arm to prevent excessive ulnar deviation of the wrist (can lead to ulnar neuropathy) [1]

See Also

References

  1. Bond M. Immobilization and splinting. In: Bond M, ed. Orthopedic Emergencies: Expert Management for the Emergency Physician. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; October 31, 2013.