The SAM Chest Seal is an occlusive dressing designed for treating open chest wounds, a life-threatening situation that could lead to tension pneumothorax. This is the second-leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield.
The SAM Chest Seal answers the long-standing need for an adhesive strong enough to adhere to skin that is subject to sweat, blood, hair, sand or water. The featured hydrogel adhesive also allows for the ability to reseal, making it ideal for venting. The SAM Chest Seal addresses other military needs including a large coverage area, two dressings per pouch (non-valve version), and the inclusion of a highly and rapidly absorbent 5" x 9" pad to help clean the wound. The SAM Chest Seal is also available in a valve version. This version features a one-way valve, when its cap is removed. The one-way valve provides for low-resistance flow of air out of the chest cavity while preventing ingress. The valve is also designed to prevent blockage internally. With the cap in place, the dressing is occlusive.
Both the dressing and packaging are also optimized for use with a night vision device. The SAM Chest Seal is FDA 510(k) cleared and is made in the USA.