Scheinberg saw wounded GIs using tree limbs and rifle butts to splint their injured arms and legs. Field medics complained the available splints were ineffective, bulky, and lacked versatility. Worse yet, they often stuck to the wound, causing further injury when removed.
Five years later, Scheinberg noticed the gum-wrapper syndrome. His finger couldn't move, not because of the material itself, but because of the bend. The next day, he and his wife, Cheryl, purchased a large piece of aluminium, padded it with foam, and created the first SAM® Splint. Scheinberg's dream for a lightweight, flexible splint became a reality. Fifteen years and millions of splints later, the SAM® Splint is now the standard for emergency and wilderness medicine.