It is time for Tourniquet Tuesday! My dear friend and Pine Survey Contributor Alzwolf will give you his opinion on the SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet by SamMedical.
SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet
The SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet by SAM MEDICAL is a compact system for adult limb haemostasis, designed for rapid application in the toughest conditions. Its innovative design requires fewer turns with the gag and allows for easier, faster training and more intuitive working.
- Dimension packed: 18,4 cm x 6,3 cm x 3,8 cm / unpacked: 88,9 x 6,3 cm
- Weight: 108 gr
- Colours: black / orange / blue
- NSN: MIL-STD-810G PROVEN
The TRUFORCE ™ buckle technology is the main reason for the effectiveness of this tourniquet. The closure mechanism provides the necessary pull on the dust edge, prevents application errors, especially by a loosely applied dust cover and last but not least prevents (accidental) loosening of velcro strips, which is common in other tourniquets.
The tourniquet works on the basis of three simple steps: click – turn – fasten.The SAM XT solves this problem with an all-weather, single-layer, non-velcro nylon, precision-cut belt with punched holes that lock with the so called TRUFORCE ™ buckle to create a consistent, efficient primary safety system. As soon as you pull on the band, you will hear a click of the band snapping into the TRUFORCE ™ buckle.Made of 100% nylon TRUFLEX™, the plate distributes forces as targeted circumferential pressure and provides additional support for the gag.
The aluminium toggle is secured and held in the C-hooks. The weather-resistant, night vision-optimized time band ensures safe use in any environment. This secondary velcro system secures the remaining strap, ensuring stability and safety. The SAM XT can be released by loosening the windings of the toggle and pressing the TRUFORCE ™ buckle against the direction, releasing the tension and allowing the belt to be pulled out.
The SAM XT convinced me, because it can be applied easily, quickly and effectively. Even by inexperienced and layman! I personally liked that pressure is maintained by the latched band and that it cannot happen that it fails by an unintentional release of the tape during transport – either by the injured himself, or other scenarios.
In my opinion, a very good solution!
The only downside to me is that it is not as compact as other tourniquets we have seen because of the TRUFORCE ™ buckle and TRUFLEX™ plate. Unfortunately, there was no room in my TQ pouches. Nevertheless, it has found room in my Medic / IFAK pouch.
With that being said, thank you for reading!