Slings can be used for many different injuries, but most typically for arm or shoulder fractures, or dislocations. To help stabilize an injury, a triangular sling can be made out of a large square piece of cloth.
Update Date 1/8/2012
Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.