SAM Splint Finger by Sam Medical
The SAM Splint is used by emergency care providers and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide (even on NASA space shuttles) and is based on the principle that curves are strong. The SAM® SPLINT is built from a thin core of aluminum alloy, between two layers of closed-cell foam.
The SAM Splint is used for a multitude of medical emergencies to include broken bones, fractures, sprains and any injury that warrants the immobilization of a limb, appendage or body part.
The SAM® SPLINT is extremely pliable and bent into any of three simple curves. The SAM Splint becomes extremely strong and supportive for any fractured or injured limb.
The reason for the success of the SAM Splint lies in the curved surfaces, the same physics that allow skyscrapers and bridges to be built with current day technologies. In the SAM Splint, a flat piece of sheet metal bends easily, but if you mold it into any of several “structural curves,” it becomes much more rigid.
The SAM Splint is so strong that people have even used it as an emergency canoe paddle or snow shovel. The SAM® SPLINT Emergency Splint can even be used to create an emergency cervical collar for neck injuries.
We highly recommend that at least one Sam Emergency Splint be carried in your medical or survival kit.
Benefits and Features:
Sam Splint is waterproof
Lightweight and compact
Fastens in place with tape or wrap of choice
Not affected by extreme temperatures or altitudes
Closed-cell foam allows easy cleaning and disinfection
Provides added stability for all limbs including the neck
Who uses the SAM Splint?
From outer space to the depths of the ocean, in all conditions of weather and terrain, the SAM Splint is in use by:
If prolonged use of the SAM Splint is anticipated (more than a few hours), place absorbent material, such as cotton cloth, between the SAM Splint and the skin to prevent skin irritation and odor. Also, to prevent uncomfortable pressure points during prolonged use, place soft padding (such as gauze pads) around all boney prominences. When cutting the splint, avoid using serrated scissors as they may produce sharp edges. After cutting the splint, roll the cut end over or apply tape to cover any exposed metal.
Curve for Strength
A SAM® SPLINT without any bends is completely malleable. When a curve or fold is placed across its longitudinal axis, it is rigid and suitable for splinting. With the proper curve, almost any bone in the body can be splinted. Use the C-Curve, the Reverse C-Curve and the T-Curve to add strength and rigidity for all applications of the SAM® SPLINT. The C-Curve: Curve the SAM® SPLINT lengthwise to create a longitudinal bend which gives the splint strength.
The Reverse C-Curve: Curve the outside edges the opposite direction to make it even stronger. The T-Curve: Double the SAM® SPLINT or create a T-Curve for extra strength.