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sling

 [sling]
a bandage or suspensory for supporting a part.
Applying an arm sling. From Lammon et al., 1995.

sling

(sling),
A supporting bandage or suspensory device; especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.

sling

(sling) a bandage or suspensory for supporting a part.
mandibular sling  a structure suspending the mandible, formed by the medial pterygoid and masseter muscles and aiding in mandibulomaxillary articulation.
pubovaginal sling  a support constructed of rectoabdominal fascia to stabilize the bladder from underneath in treatment of stress incontinence.
suburethral sling  a support constructed surgically from muscle, ligament, or synthetic material that elevates the bladder from underneath in the treatment of stress incontinence.

sling

(slĭng)
n.
A supporting bandage or suspensory device, especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.

sling

Etymology: ME, slingen, to hurl
a bandage or device used to support an injured part of the body, especially a forearm. See also sling restraint.

sling

(sling)
A supporting bandage or suspensory device; especially a loop suspended from the neck and supporting the flexed forearm.

sling

A support, usually of folded cloth, to immobilize and rest the arm. Slings are used either as a first-aid measure or to place the arm in an appropriate position for the healing of a fractured collar bone (CLAVICLE). A sling may also be used to rest an arm which has sustained soft tissue injury or which is severely infected.

sling

suspensory for supporting a part.

body sling
canvas and metal sling for support of the abdomen with breastplate and breeching to prevent the horse slipping out forwards or backwards, and lifted from the ground by a block and tackle carried on an overhead beam or similar support. Used in horses; not a practicable proposition in cattle.
leg sling
for the support of a limb in a cattle beast. For a front leg the rope is looped around the pastern, thrown over an overhead beam, back under the sternum behind the elbow on the same side, then back over the beam. For a hindleg the rope begins as a loop around the pastern, goes over an overhead support, back inside the thigh on the same side, half-hitched around the tibia and held by a helper. In both the leg is lifted off the ground to the required position and the rope tightened to create the sling.
90/90 sling
wrapping is applied to maintain the tarsus and stifle in 90-degree flexion; used to prevent contracture of the quadriceps after fracture repair.
pelvic limb sling
the metatarsus is suspended by tape from a band of gauze and tape around the animal's abdomen. Used in small animals to prevent weight bearing on the limb, but not primarily for stabilization. Called also Robinson sling.
preputial sling
a many-tailed bandage around the body with an aperture for the preputial orifice.
sling procedure
a strip of fascia lata or synthetic material passed around the base of the tail or implanted in perianal tissue have been used in the treatment of fecal incontinence.
tail sling
a half-hitch is applied to the tail hairs, ensuring that the tissue part is omitted. The rope can be used to support the hindquarters of a horse but not a cattle beast. The technique can be used in cattle as an aid, e.g. to keep the tail out of the way while correcting a dystocia; the rope is tied around the cow's neck.
udder sling
a canvas bag with four strategically placed holes for the teats and supported by a harness over the hindquarters anchored to a neck collar to prevent it falling off the back. Not a particularly helpful device because of variation in the size of the vessel to be accommodated.
Velpeau sling
a gauze wrapping around the thorax and forelimb with the elbow fully flexed and the carpus touching the opposite shoulder. Used in dogs to prevent weight-bearing following surgery, luxation of the shoulder or fracture of the scapula.
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Velpeau sling. By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002
References in classic literature ?
After that he never went into the woods without carrying the sling in his pocket and he spent hours shooting at imaginary animals concealed among the brown leaves in the trees.
It was indeed necessary to beat a retreat, for about twenty natives armed with bows and slings appeared on the skirts of a copse that masked the horizon to the right, hardly a hundred steps from us.
David offered himself to Saul to fight with Goliath, the Philistine champion, and, to give him courage, Saul armed him with his own weapons; which David rejected as soon as he had them on his back, saying he could make no use of them, and that he wished to meet the enemy with his sling and his knife.
Marechal de la Meilleraie returning without a hat -- Fontrailles with his arm in a sling -- wounded guards -- horses bleeding; eh, then, what are the sentinels about?
Irwine continued, observing that Captain Donnithorne had taken his arm out of the sling.
As black beans or pulse come pattering down on to a threshing-floor from the broad winnowing-shovel, blown by shrill winds and shaken by the shovel--even so did the arrow glance off and recoil from the shield of Menelaus, who in his turn wounded the hand with which Helenus carried his bow; the spear went right through his hand and stuck in the bow itself, so that to his life he retreated under cover of his men, with his hand dragging by his side--for the spear weighed it down till Agenor drew it out and bound the hand carefully up in a woollen sling which his esquire had with him.
I soon became quite an accomplished hand at making tappa--could braid a grass sling as well as the best of them--and once, with my knife, carved the handle of a javelin so exquisitely, that I have no doubt, to this day, Karnoonoo, its owner, preserves it as a surprising specimen of my skill.
When his uniform was cleaned and dried, and he had been shaved and washed and made neat, I drove him back to barracks with his arm in a fine white sling, and reported that I had accidentally run over him.
You percave the little spalpeen is summat down in the mouth, and wears his lift hand in a sling, and it's for that same thing, by yur lave, that I'm going to give you the good rason.
The officer had one arm in a sling, and the pallor of his face revealed sharp suffering.
What could his sling, his throwing-stick, or his arrow avail him against such forces as have been loose to-night?
I had been terribly frightened it might go off, and had finally used my cravat to sling it at the back of my neck.