Sam Splint Finger, 12/Package
The SAM (Structural Aluminum Malleable) Splint is a compact, lightweight, highly versatile device designed for immobilizing finger bone and soft tissue injuries in emergency settings. It consists of a layer of .016 inches (0.41 mm) strips of soft aluminum, with a polyethylene closed-cell foam coating.
The SAM Splint was invented by Dr. Sam Scheinberg who, as a trauma surgeon during the Vietnam War, found that field medics generally ignored the splint then issued by the Army. He developed the idea while playing with a foil chewing gum wrapper.
The SAM Splint is radiolucent meaning it does not interfere with X-Rays. They are used on board the International Space Station as a light weight compact splint, for this reason the acronym SAM is often said to refer to “Space Aviation Medicine”.
After use, the SAM Splint can be cleaned, rerolled, and reused.
Features and Specifications
- Splints size: 1.8 inches (4.6 cm) by 3.75 inches (9.5 cm)
- Foam padded aluminum splint folds or bends for immediate practical use in emergencies
- Flexible, waterproof, malleable and reusable
- Ideal to immobilize fingers
- Easily secures to the body with the use of roller gauze or tape
- Won’t stick to wounds
- Radiolucent – does not have to be removed for x-rays, reducing the risk of further injury to the patient
- Versatile and lighweight – can be rolled or folded to fit easily in emergency kits and backpacks and won’t puncture or be affected by temperature or altitude
- Waterproof and can be cleaned with disinfectant for reuse