Although the previous instruction used a triangular bandage as a sling, any
nonstretching material, such as the tail of a coat or shirt or pieces of cloth torn
from clothing or blankets, can be used. Figure 6-14 shows a jacket being
used to make a sling. A stick or other rigid object is pushed through the flap
and the upper portion of the jacket so the flap will not slip.
Figure 6-14. Jacket flap sling.
APPLYING A SWATHE TO A FRACTURED ARM
a. A swathe is usually used to immobilize the arm against the casualty's body
wall so that the arm does not move easily. The swathe is applied to help prevent
additional injury to the arm or forearm. A large strip of cloth, blanket strip, pistol belt,
trouser belt, bandoleer, or other material can be used as a swathe. The swathe should
be three to six inches wide.
b. When a swathe and sling are used to immobilize a forearm, the sling is
applied first, such as shown in figure 6-15.
Do not apply a swathe on top of the fracture site. The pressure of the
swathe could cause additional damage to the nerves and blood vessels
around the broken bone.
c. Swathes are also used to secure a fractured leg to an uninjured leg