The SAM Splint is the gold standard in splints and is acclaimed by emergency care providers and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. Built from a thin core of aluminium alloy and sandwiched between two layers of closed-cell foam, the SAM Splint can be bent into any of three simple curves, becoming extremely strong and supportive for any fractured or injured limb. The SAM Splint is incredibly lightweight (only 130 g), and no other device offers so many variations for the treatment of orthopaedic emergencies.
The SAM SPLINT is based on an ancient construction principle: curves are strong. A flat piece of sheet metal bends easily, but if you mould it into any of several 'structural curves' it becomes much more rigid. Many such curves are possible, but for splinting with the SAM Splint, you need only three basic curves. With these, you can convert a simple SAM SPLINT into something so strong that people have even used it as an emergency canoe paddle or snow shovel. That's more than strong enough for any conceivable splinting need. At the same time, the SAM Splint is extremely mouldable, and soft enough to cut with ordinary household scissors.
Today, SAM Splints are used by military medics, athletic trainers, ski patrols, veterinarians, wilderness rescue teams and safety engineers. They can even be found aboard space shuttles and on Himalayan expeditions.
As a trauma surgeon during the Vietnam War, Dr. Sam Scheinberg knows all about splints. Vietnam demonstrated how woefully inadequate splints of the 1960s and '70s were; field medics often ignored them and substituted even more old-fashioned techniques, lashing poles, branches or even parts of a rifle to the injured limb. On his return to the U.S., Sam wondered if there was a way to make a lightweight but strong, reliable, and reusable splint. Using a thin sheet of aluminium and the right padding materials, he began work on his first prototype and quickly realised it would make an exceptional splint. Having satisfied his curiosity, Sam nearly set the project aside, but his wife wouldn’t let him. He later remarked, “That was the luckiest ten minutes of nagging in my life.” It took years of meticulous experimentation, but by 1985, Sam and Cherrie were selling the first SAM Splints. Today, the SAM Splint is the most popular emergency splint in the world, favoured by emergency crews, armed services, outdoor enthusiasts, and rescue teams.
- Size: Standard (4.25 x 36 inch)
- Supplied flat
- Lightweight & compact
- Not affected by temperature or altitude
- Fastens in place with tape or wrap of choice
- Closed-cell foam allows easy cleaning and disinfection
- Made in USA
- Weight: 130 g
- Downloadable User Guide