Evacuation Ski Sheet

The Evacuation Ski Sheet is widely recognised, within the healthcare sector, as a vital aid to mattress evacuation of very sick or disabled people from hospital wards and care homes, in an emergency.

Description

The Evacuation Ski Sheets have been used in some very high-profile fires, the best example of which was the Royal Marsden Hospital Fire, in London, January 2008, when a complete evacuation of the hospital was required. This included the evacuation of the ICU and operating theatres, where one patient was undergoing extensive surgery. Staff at the hospital evacuated more than 40 patients from the fourth floor, on their mattresses, using Evac Ski Sheets, which were available on each bed.

The Evac Ski Sheet has been safety tested to a maximum weight of 250kg, although the maximum load to be pulled downstairs should be recommended by your manual handling advisors.

It is advisable that a minimum of two people handle the Ski Sheet. As a rule, the maximum weight being pulled should not be more than that of the combined weight of the handlers – two 70 kg people will not be able to pull a 180 kg person.

To prevent cross-contamination the Evacuation Ski Sheets should be laundered when the occupier of the bed changes. When laundering becomes necessary it is recommended that the buckles should be fastened, and the sheet placed in a laundry bag to protect the buckles and prevent any damage to the washing machine drum. Temperatures of up to 80°C can be used and thorough rinsing will ensure that no detergent is left. The disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required. Do not use bleach. The Ski Sheet can be dried in a tumble drier on low heat, to prevent the nylon from becoming brittle and shrinking, alternatively, it can be drip-dried.

Beware of poor imitations: The genuine Ski Sheet is fitted with seat-belt style IMMI buckles.

Note: Where escape routes or stairways are too narrow for mattress evacuation Ski Sheets should not be used other evacuation aids such as Evac Ski Pads can often be used safely in such environments. Beware of imitations or equipment that has not received third party certification; you cannot afford for your evacuation aid to fail when in use. When considering the selection of an evacuation aid, it is also important to determine the particular risks that staff may encounter utilising such equipment. This can include pulling handles that are too short for staff to allow the safe movement of the evacuation aid, particularly when descending stairs. Another key element of an evacuation aid is its method of construction; you need to be confident that the device you have chosen is robust, and offers protection to the patient/resident when they are being evacuated to a place of safety.

It is vital staff receive correct training in the use of the Evacuation Ski Sheet, all training should be conducted by a suitably qualified and competent person, at no point should staff be required to lie on a bed to be evacuated training mannequins should be used for this purpose. If you require any additional information regarding training packages please use the inquiry form

A product information video is available below; it is not intended to be a substitute for training as no video can correct handling errors or bad habits. Certified training is available on this product Evacuation Aid Training Course.

Evacuation Ski Sheet

What are my options?

  • Standard
  • Pocket Modified
  • Packed – 27cm x 10cm x 13cm
  • Unrolled – 196cm x 85cm
  • Weight – 1kg
  • Safety tested to 250kg
  • Safe working load 120kg with two people
  • Material – Nylon
  • Features – Pockets for storing the cross straps. Elastic corner straps for attaching Sheet to the mattress. Seatbelt style webbing straps and metal buckles.

Can you use a Ski Sheet in any building?

Answer: Whether or not it is possible to use the Ski Sheet in your specific building depends on the width of the fire doors, corridors and stairwells along with the width of the mattress itself. If space is limited, mattress evacuation may not be possible and an alternative form of evacuation aid, such as the Ski Pad should be used.

Does the Ski Sheet come in a bariatric version?

Answer: Although the Ski Sheet has been safety tested to 250kg (39 stone) – which is a lot higher than other mattress evacuation aids currently on the market- there is not a bariatric version available. For bariatric patients, an evacuation aid such as the Bariatric EvacMat should be considered.

What happens if the Ski Sheet is used in an emergency?

Answer: Once the Ski Sheet has been used in an evacuation, it is recommended that it should be replaced.

Are Ski Sheets ok to use with very elderly or fragile people?

Answer: The Ski Sheet is ideal for use with elderly or fragile patients as there is no patient/resident transfer involved. The patient/resident remains within the bedclothes and is protected by their mattress at all times.

Does a Ski Sheet need maintenance?

Answer: See cleaning and care instructions.Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles or elastics the sheet should be replaced.

Are demonstrations available?

Answer: Product demonstrations are available throughout the UK, Ireland and in other countries subject to availability of consultants.

Is there any training available?

Answer: Training packages are available throughout the UK, Ireland and in other countries by prior arrangement. Training can be conducted as a group session for all staff or as train the trainer sessions for key members of staff, which can then be cascaded down to other staff members by the trained personnel.

How often should a Ski Sheet be laundered?

Answer: To prevent cross contamination, the Ski Sheets should be laundered with every change of bed occupant. If the sheet becomes lightly marked while in place on the bed, it may be wiped over using antibacterial wipes.

How do I launder a Ski Sheet?

Answer: When laundering becomes necessary it is recommended that the buckles should be fastened and the sheet placed in a laundry bag to protect the buckles and prevent any damage to the washing machine drum. Temperatures of up to 80°C can be used and thorough rinsing will ensure that no detergent is left.

Can I uase bleach?

Answer: Disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required. Do not use bleach.

How do I dry a Ski Sheet?

Answer: The Ski Sheet can be dried in a tumble drier on a low heat or hung out to drip dry.

When do I check the Ski Sheet?

Answer: Visual checks of the stitching, webbing, buckles and elastics should be made after each wash. If any damage does occur, the sheet will need to be replaced.