Chandlery February 2009 Issue

Of Leg Splints and Sani-Bags

First-aid kit series prompts a look at marine health and sanitation products.

During our recent testing of medical kits (June, August, October, and December 2008), four products caught Practical Sailor testers’ attention. The first is the Sam Splint, developed by Sam Medical Products. A moldable piece of aluminum surrounded by closed cell foam, the Sam splint can be used to quickly immobilize limbs and joints in the case of a fracture or severe sprain. To use, simply shape the splint to surround the injured area and secure it with elastic bandage or tape. Available online through emergency medical suppliers or camping equipment retailers, the Sam splints come in finger-size to femur-size, with a 36 x 4-inch roll (enough to immobilize a lower leg) selling for $13 at Campmor (

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