In my career as a hand surgeon, going back almost 40 years, I have used the invaginated pillowslip as a means of directing the hand upwards after injury or surgery for as long as I can remember.
I come from a farming background, and the idea was prompted by the custom of farm workers turning a meal bag into itself, just like the pillow sling, to provide head and shoulder cover in heavy rain.
I would like to add a recommendation to the article by Misra et al
1.. Their figure shows the limb suspended in the sling, and the use of the word ‘sling’ also implies that. The elbow should be, at all times, resting on a pillow, since there is a risk that the proximal edge of the sling, where it crosses the upper arm, might cause some constriction, with obvious consequences.
- Misra A.
- Huang S.
- Haywood R.M.
The pillowcase sling after hand surgery.
Br J Plast Surg. 2002; 55: 460-461
- The pillowcase sling after hand surgery.Br J Plast Surg. 2002; 55: 460-461
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