The UCLA Paramedic Program donated a brand new reusable Sager Traction Splint to the Gyumri Ambulance Service. Traction splints are used during large bone breaks, such as the femur in this case. This splint is especially important in places like Gyumri that have long ambulance transportation times. Without applying steady traction to a femur break the spasm of surrounding muscles causes the bones to overlap resulting in tissue damage that can potentially cause life threatening bleeding from tearing large blood vessels. The paramedics and doctors had heard of these splints but had never seen one until I brought the donated splint with me from UCLA. After two days of training with the ambulance staff, the Sager Traction Splint is now in service on their front line ambulance.
Training with the new splint, both in the ambulance and in the classroom.
Handing over the new Sager Traction Splint.