Simple Sling and Sling With Abductor Pillow: What's Wrong With These Pictures?
Slings may be used for shoulder, arm, or hand injuries to prevent edema, to support fracture alignment, or to promote comfort (Cooper, Ford, & Sammut, 2012; Fagan, Evans, Ghandour, Prabhkaran, & Clay, 2004; Kunkler, 2013; Pullen, 2007; Wise, 2015). Slings with abductor pillows may also be used to help immobilize the shoulder after rotator cuff surgery (Conti, Garofalo, & Castagna, 2015). Figures 1 and 2 illustrate common issues using a simple sling. First, the hand is positioned lower than the forearm and the elbow. Also, the presence of jewelry could cause complications if edema develops. Figure 3 demonstrates poor hand position with a sling and abductor pillow.