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.