FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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SAM Pelvic Sling

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Stabilising Pelvic Injuries with SAM Pelvic Sling


Exploring the use of SAM Pelvic Sling in stabilising pelvic injuries, a crucial aspect of emergency medical care.

Key Components of SAM Pelvic Sling

  • Pressure-sensitive buckle: Prevents over-tightening, ensuring controlled pressure points.
  • Safety handle: Facilitates secure tightening of the sling.
  • Broad pad: Provides pelvic support and stabilisation.
  • Slippery plastic surface: Allows easy positioning behind the patient.
  • Velcro strap: Acts as the locking mechanism with pressure-sensitive buckle.

Application Techniques

Effective application methods to immobilise the pelvis:

Behind the Knees

  • Slide the sling upwards behind the patient's thighs.
  • Utilise clothing to lift the patient, reducing pelvic movement.
  • Secure the strap through the pressure-sensitive buckle with gentle pressure.

Hollow of the Back

  • Insert the sling beneath the arch of the back and feed it down into position.
  • Ensure arm mobility and check pockets for obstructions.
  • Apply pressure through the buckle until locked, stabilising the pelvis.

Additional Considerations

Supplementary measures to enhance stability and minimise further damage:

  • Lower limb stabilisation: Secure straps above and below the knees, and a figure-of-eight around the feet.
  • Reduction of pelvic flexation: Prevents potential damage to internal organs and minimises blood loss.


The SAM Pelvic Sling offers a reliable method for stabilising pelvic injuries, ensuring patient safety and facilitating effective extrication procedures. Proper application techniques and additional precautions are essential for optimal outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • FPOS Extended unit 3 LO4.7