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Would you know how to help someone who is in shock; needs CPR; is choking; has been poisoned; has suffered a burn; has alcohol poisoning; is having an allergic reaction; has had a tooth knocked out; has something in their eye; is bleeding; has been bitten by a cat or dog; or has some other medical emergency? You will if you watch these first aid videos from Howcast.
You Will Need
- A large piece of cloth
- A pair of scissors
- And a long, thin piece of cloth
- A long-sleeved shirt or sweater (optional) (optional)
Cut cloth into square
Cut a large piece of cloth into a square that is at least 40" on each side.
Fold in half
Fold the cloth diagonally in half, forming a triangle.
Drape the triangle so its base runs up and down the chest opposite the injured side, with the top corner dangling over and behind the shoulder on the uninjured side, and the bottom corner hanging below the waist. The corner opposite the base should wrap part way around the waist, lying between the torso and the injured arm's elbow.
Gently support the injured arm at the elbow across the torso.
Lift the bottom corner up so the sling now cradles the injured arm. The hand should extend just past the base of the triangle and the elbow should be supported by the corner that's opposite the base. Drape that same corner you just lifted over and behind the shoulder above the injured arm.
Tie two corners together
Tie the two corners that are behind either shoulder to each other so they loop behind the neck, adjusting the knot so the elbow is bent at a right angle, not drooping low or pulled too high.
Secure sling w/ cloth
To further immobilize the arm, wrap a long, thin piece of cloth around the body to keep the arm securely against the body.