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  • Traction Splint - STS applied in conventional mode

***NOTE: "Old" Camlock version shown. Current traction splint uses thumb screws***

The STS embodies significant improvements to traction splinting: no extension past the foot, quickly adjusts to patient, easily applied during manual traction, and not contraindicated for lower leg injury or amputation.
The Slishman Splint is light and compact, appropriate for peds and adults, and has a lifetime guarantee.
  • Traction Splint Components

The latest version of the STS features thumb screws for fail-safe, quick device adjustment and a red toggle attached to the end of a shorter traction cord for better grip. The splint's improved labeling and superior red color coding enable even quicker patient femur fracture stabilization and application.
  • Another unique benefit of the Slishman Traction Splint

The STS can be applied proximal to the calf if there is a concurrent lower leg injury. STS is the only traction splint not contraindicated for this situation.
  • Traction Splint being applied

Slishman Traction Splint (STS)

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Product Description

NSN# 6515-01-631-3182 
NATO Stock Number: 6515-32-083-5266

ATTENTION SKI PATROL BUYERS: Please check your NSP Catalog for the Slishman Traction Splint listing.
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2014 study of 4 different Traction Splints

Product Description and Benefits:

The STS was developed by Dr. Sam Slishman at the University of New Mexico to overcome many of the the design limitations of conventional traction splints. The innovative STS design has the traction mechanism positioned at the patient’s hip. Femur traction is applied through the extension of the pole segments creating a pushing force on the ankle strap instead of pulling distally from the foot. This innovative design change provides a number of outstanding benefits over conventional traction splints:


1. The STS Does Not Extend Beyond the Foot
    The traction splint stays anatomically contained from the patient's hip to ankle and 
    thus does not extend outside backboards, litters, and stretchers. This greatly reduces
    the risk of the splint being struck while extricating patients in space restrictive
    environments resulting in further injury to the patient.

2. Rapid Patient Application
    The unique design of the STS makes it the fastest splint to apply on the market. No poles
    to assemble or mechanisms to set up. When you need to immobilize the patient quickly
    for rapid extrication the STS won’t slow you down.

3. The STS is Not Contraindicated in Lower Leg Injury or Amputation
    While other traction splints are contraindicated with lower leg injury or amputation, the
    STS’s unique design allows the ankle strap to be alternately positioned proximal to
    the calf. This allows femur traction to still be applied and leaves the lower leg
    accessible for other splinting or bandaging.

4. Lightweight and Compact
    The STS weighs only 21 ounces and is 23” W x 3” H in size. It takes up little space
    in vehicles or aircrafts and can easily be strapped to trauma bags and backpacks.

5. One Size Fits All
    The STS works with both adults and peds. No need to carry two different splints. If 
    your agency requires you to carry two traction splints, two STS splints can be
    carried for bi-lateral splinting.

6. Traction Mechanism Accessible During Transport
    If traction adjustment is needed while enroute, the STS traction adjustment is
    accessible at the patient’s hip, not jammed up against the door or airframe at the
    patient's foot.

7. Radiolucent

8. Lifetime Warranty


Dimensions: 23" W x 3" H x 3" D

Weight: 1.32 lbs


STS Directions For Use


A fascinating read on the history and current state of femoral traction splinting:

Femoral traction: Evolution, engineering, and systems


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  1. STS

    Posted by Unknown on 02 13 2014

    There are several traction splints on the market--this one is not the smallest, but it is among the lightest and the mechanism is arguable the most effective. Best, the manufacturer stands behind it--next-gen addresses shortcomings, and previous owners provided with upgrade kits. Great stuff from a great company.

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