SAM Splint

SAM Splint


The original blue and orange SAM Splint is acclaimed by emergency care providers and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide (and even beyond the Earth, on NASA space shuttles). The SAM® Splint is the gold standard in splints and is still Made in the USA. Built from a thin core of aluminum 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 4.0 oz.), and no other device offers so many variations for the treatment of orthopedic emergencies.


The SAM® SPLINT is based on an ancient construction principle: curves are strong. The reason lies in the physics of curved surfaces, the same physics that allows skyscrapers and bridges to be built of I-beams and hollow columns rather than heavy steel pillars. A flat piece of sheet metal bends easily, but if you mold 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 moldable, and soft enough to cut with ordinary household scissors. The result: with the proper choice of curves outlined in the training guide, almost any bone in the body can be splinted. It’s even possible to use the SAM® SPLINT to create an emergency cervical collar for neck injuries.

Also available is the SAM Splint XL at 5.5″ wide, for improved support and immobilization of larger individuals.


  • Waterproof
  • Reusable
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Radiolucent
  • Fastens in place with tape or wrap of choice; no extra equipment is needed
  • Not affected by extreme temperatures or altitudes
  • Closed-cell foam allows easy cleaning and disinfection; material compatible with all standard cleaning solutions
  • Provides added stability for all limbs including the neck
  • Latex Free
  • MADE IN THE USA – supports local jobs


From outer space to the depths of the ocean, in all conditions of weather and terrain, the SAM® SPLINT is the emergency splint of choice for:

  • EMS personnel
  • Military medics
  • Athletic trainers
  • Ski patrols
  • Veterinarians
  • Wilderness rescue teams
  • Outdoor adventurers
  • Boaters
  • Safety engineers

American Red Cross  SAM® SPLINT, approved for use in American Red Cross trainingFind your local Red Cross Chapter

Boy Scouts of America SAM Splint is available online.

Click to learn more about our Veterinary SAM Splint, which is stronger and more durable for animals.

Also available is the SAM Splint XL at 5.5″ wide, for improved support and immobilization of larger individuals.

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ISO 13485-2003


The colors orange and blue for orthopedic splints are registered trademarks of SAM Medical Products; US Trademark Registration No. 3,720,814.

"For 20 years I have advised medical personnel on what medical gear to take on expeditions. These folks often ask me what I include in my kit, no matter where I'm traveling, no matter how short the trip . . . The answer: a few important medications, some tape and always a SAM® SPLINT. No other device allows for so many variations for treating an unimaginable variety of orthopedic emergencies."
–Howard J. Donner, MD, Medical Operations Coordinator, NASA

"Even those outside the medical community, when faced with stabilizing an injury to an extremity, can use a SAM® SPLINT effectively. They require little training to use, they are simple to apply and most importantly they are effective. I always carry one in my emergency equipment. It is my method of choice for those infrequent situations when the need to stabilize a fracture is required."
–Peter Kummerfeldt, Renowned Wilderness Survival Expert/Trainer

"The SAM® SPLINT is a versatile tool that should be a part of every certified athletic trainer's field kit."
–Ron Porterfield, Athletic Trainer, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

"This splint is pure genius...light and compact, yet strong and resilient. I keep one in my pack on every hike up to and back from Everest Base Camp. I won't leave home without it!"
–Luanne Freer, MD, FACEP President, Wilderness Medical Society; Medical Director, Yellowstone National Park Director, Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic

"Your ingenious product which never leaves my side saved a boy's arm. There isn't a single product in sports medicine that I trust more than your splints. I just wanted to thank you for the pleasure of using your products!"
–Jason A. Long, MS, ATC

Please visit our YouTube channel where we have 18 SAM Splint videos and 20 other SAM Medical product and instructional videos.

You can also download Quicktime files for all 18 SAM Splint videos by accessing the Documents tab above.

SAM Splint Intro and How to Use

The SAM Splint, the world’s most popular splint. Introduction, how to use demonstrations, and basic information including features and benefits.






The SAM Splint is featured in many publications for wilderness and emergency care. Here are a few of our favorites:

A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine. Eric A. Weiss, M.D. Adventure Medical Kits. (2005).

A Practical Guide to Sports First Aid. Wayne Gill. Lotus Publishing. (2005).

Backcountry First Aid and External Care. Buck Tilton. Falcon Publishing Co. (2007).

The Backpacker’s Field Manual. Rick Curtis. Three Rivers Press. (2005).

Field Guide To Wilderness Medicine. Paul S. Auerbach, M.D.; Howard J. Donner, M.D.; Eric A. Weiss, M.D. (3rd Edition). Mosby, Inc. (2008).

First Aid. Headquarters, Departments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. FM 4-25.11 (supercedes FM 21-11). (23 December 2002).

Medicine for the Outdoors. Paul S. Auerbach, M.D. (5th Edition). Mosby, Inc. (2009).

The Outward Bound: Wilderness First-Aid Handbook. Jeffrey Isaac, P.A.-C. The Lyons Press. (1998).

Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care For Remote Locations. Howard D. Backer, M.D. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Jones & Bartlett Publishers (2005).

Wilderness Medical Associates: Field Guide. James Morrissey, NREMT-P, WEMT. (2nd Edition). Wilderness Medical Association. (1997).

Wilderness Medicine: Beyond First Aid. William W. Forgey, M.D. (5th Edition).  The Globe Pequot Press. (2000).

Images for media and distributors:

SAM Splint 36″ Roll

SAM Splint 36″ Flatfold

SAM Splint Finger

SAM Splint 36″ Grey Roll

SAM Splint XL

SAM Splint EMS In Use

SAM Splint In Use Outdoor – Leg


  • Standard: 4.25″ x 36″; 4oz; roll and flatfold
  • Junior: 4.25″ x 18″; 2.4oz; flatfold
  • Wrist: 4.25″ x 9″; 1.1oz; flat
  • XL: 5.5″ X 36″; 5.9oz; flatfold
  • Finger: 1.8″ x 3.75″; 0.2oz; flat
  • Vet Splint: 4.25″ x 36″; roll


  1. Zali  July 14, 2013

    Think it will work on the broken leg of a rescued wild male elephant of about 8 years old and weighing about almost a ton?
    Im in Malaysia btw and my job is all about rescuing wild elepahnts and also relocating wild elephants from fsrmer – wild elephants conflict area…

    Please advise URGENTly…..

  2. Tanya Stricker  July 16, 2013

    That is a huge task you are undertaking, rescuing wild elephants! Thank you for your work in that regard.
    I believe that it would take multiple SAM Splints to work on an elephant leg. We don’t have any feedback about how the splint works on animals larger than about a kangaroo. The other issue will be getting the animal to be calm enough to have the splint stay on.
    I don’t think it would hurt to try but unfortunately we have no evidence on such large animals thus far. Let us know how it works out please.

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