Dislocated Shoulders and Joints

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How to Immobilise a Dislocated Shoulder


In this guide, we will demonstrate the proper technique for immobilising a dislocated shoulder to minimize movement and provide initial support.

Using a Sling

When a shoulder becomes dislocated, it's essential to restrict sideways motion and position the arm for stability. Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Retrieve a sling from a standard first aid kit, as demonstrated in the accompanying video.
  • Step 2: Carefully place the arm in a resting position within the sling.

Securing the Arm

After positioning the arm in the sling, the next crucial step involves securing it in place to prevent outward movement from the front of the body:

  • Step 1: Obtain a second triangular bandage.
  • Step 2: Gently wrap the bandage around the body, ensuring that it firmly holds the arm in position.

This immobilisation technique helps keep the arm stable and ready for safe transport to Emergency Medical Services.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO1.1, 1.2 & 2.1