Meet the new STS: The next generation of Slishman Traction Splint

Posted by Rescue Essentials on 28 2023

Meet the new STS: The next generation of Slishman Traction Splint

Rescue Essentials launches the Slishman Traction Splint (Generation 2) 

Leland, NC - Rescue Essentials, a leading supplier of tactical emergency medical supplies, is proud to announce the launch of the Slishman Traction Splint (Generation 2). Building on the success of the original Slishman Traction Splint (STS), this new generation of the device offers all the benefits of the original STS plus additional advances found in the Rescue Essentials STS-Compact.

The STS Gen2 was designed to overcome many of the operational difficulties of older traction splints, making it the fastest splint to apply and reducing on-scene times. Unlike other traction splints, there are no poles to assemble or mechanisms to set up, and the STS can be applied in less than 60 seconds. The traction mechanism is located at the patient's hip, and femur traction is applied by extending the pole segments, creating a pushing force on the ankle strap instead of pulling distally from the foot as with conventional traction splints.

Weighing in at only 17 ounces, the STS is lightweight and compact, taking up little space in vehicles or aircraft. Its compact design also means that the STS can remain safely contained within the board, litter, or basket, and it does not extend past the patient's foot, keeping it safe from door strikes.

The STS Gen2 is a one-piece design, with all three segments of the extension mechanism connected. The distal and proximal straps articulate and are attached to the extension mechanism, making them easy to apply and impossible to lose. The pressure points are well-padded, and instructions are printed on the side of the splint, along with an included trifold.

Traction adjustment can be easily accomplished for maximum patient comfort, and the STS is radiolucent, so there is no need to remove the splint for patient imaging or examination. The innovative STS traction splint is a fast, easy-to-apply traction splinting solution that minimizes on-scene times and maximizes patient comfort.

The Gen2 incorporates colors to help differentiate the parts. The outer tube is black, the middle silver, and the inner red. The groin strap is red, and the distal neoprene strap remains black. The included Slishman Pressure Wrap is orange, making it a multitool as well.

"We're excited to launch the Slishman Traction Splint (Generation 2) and offer our customers an even more innovative and efficient solution for emergency medical situations," said Rescue Essentials CEO Jim Seidel. "With its fast application time, compact design, and versatile features, the STS Gen2 will become a vital tool for first responders and emergency medical personnel."

Dr. Sam Slishman, the inventor of the STS series of splints and Rescue Essentials' Chief Medical Officer, was able to incorporate feedback from the original STS and the more recently deployed STS-Compact to create the new STS Gen2.

"I’m thrilled for the launch of the STS Gen2," Slishman said. "Many thanks to Rescue Essentials and so many people for all their help and input getting here."

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About Rescue Essentials

Rescue Essentials has been supplying emergency medical gear and tactical equipment since 2007. The company provides a range of products for emergency situations, including first aid kits, tourniquets, medical bags, and tactical gear. The team at Rescue Essentials is committed to providing high-quality products at competitive prices to support first responders and emergency medical personnel.