25-second lifesaver
SAM Medical

“The SAM Junctional Tourniquet does things no other tourniquet can... When blast injuries take off legs like in Boston and every day in combat zones, it can easily be fatal. It is frequently difficult if not impossible to stop the bleeding in time… [SAM’s tourniquet] is well-designed, ruggedly constructed, and terribly clever.”

EMS1

Enemy fire is echoing all around. Soldiers and civilians are wounded and bleeding. A field medic's job is all about time… 90 seconds can mean the difference between alive and dead. Any tool a medic uses must be beyond simple, beyond functional. Lives actually depend on design. SAM founder Sam Scheinberg asked Ziba to create a “bomb-proof and brain dead” answer to junctional bleeding, not because of any lack of training or preparation on the medics’ part, but because the life-or-death conditions that called for the tourniquet. Ziba’s solution stops bleeding in 25 seconds or less with modular compression and a unique adjustable harness. The design is smaller, lighter and less expensive than any competitive device. Functionally, it takes its entire product category a major step forward.

Saving lives through design.

A paramedic wrote on EMS1, “The SAM Junctional Tourniquet does things no other tourniquet can... When blast injuries take off legs like in Boston and every day in combat zones, it can easily be fatal. It is frequently difficult if not impossible to stop the bleeding in time… [SAM’s tourniquet] is well-designed, ruggedly constructed,  and terribly clever.” Testing by the Army Institute of Surgical Research confirmed the tourniquet’s effectiveness; the US Armed Forces ordered 500 for deployment with active duty service personnel late in 2013. On January 27, 2014, the SAM Junctional Tourniquet saved a gunshot soldier’s life in Afghanistan for the first time. 

A collaborative experience: prototype, prototype, prototype.

For the first time in the company’s 25 year history, SAM chose an outside design partner to meet this challenge.  Ziba’s designers realized early on that their typical process wasn’t appropriate; all that mattered was that the tourniquet work. Sketches were quickly put aside in favor of physical prototypes, and lots of them.

SAM handled cutting and sewing in-house, while Ziba machined plastic hardware and conducted product testing. Insights during this collaborative design process ensured the tourniquet was completed on-time and on-budget, with a dramatic increase in functionality.

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