Hunter explains a multi-use medical tool that can be used by soldiers when they're out in the field.
hunter demonstrates sam splint

WINEGARNER:  If I'm going climbing or going hiking or doing any type of outdoor activity, and I've got enough room in my backpack, the SAM splint is pretty much the most useful tool to bring with you. This one thing, it looks like a piece of foam, but it's got some aluminum in it, and it's very malleable. And so you can take this, and if somebody has a really bad fall and you're worried about a C-spine injury, you can create a C-collar with it, and basically there's different techniques for creating C-collars where you can really immobilize the neck. And just by putting a couple kinks in the SAM splint, you can get some good immobilization of the neck. Same thing for splinting a broken arm or a broken leg: you can just take this, shape it, you know, size it to where you want it to go, and then if you just put a couple little kinks in it, this then becomes a nearly rigid splint that you can duct-tape to somebody's arm, or just use an extra shirt or an extra layer that you have and tie it on there or anything you got, and that'll at least provide some pain relief while you're evacuating somebody.

Hunter Winegarner, M.D.
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A Battalion Surgeon Explains the SAM Splint

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