Sam Splint as a Cervical Collar

 

The Sam Splint has achieve fame as a practical, versatile splinting devise with many features and benefits which lend themselves to pre-hospital care.  While it plays the Jack-of-all-trades very well, can it actually compete - in terms of functionality and effectiveness as credible alternative to something as important as a dedicated Cervical Collar?

 

This paper explains the research, undertaken by Drexel University College of Medicine, to examine functional differences between the improvised splint and the Philadelphia Collar - a common dedicated cervical collar.  The outcome?  

"The results of this study suggest that the SAM splint, when molded into a cervical collar, is as effective as the Philadelphia collar at limiting movement of the cervical spine"

The results of this study suggest that the SAM splint, when molded into a cervical collar, is as effective as the Philadelphia collar at limiting movement of the cervical spine.

 

And this is how it is done: