Evacuation Ski Sheet

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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 Sheet has 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 the Evacuation Ski Sheet, which was available on each bed.

  • The Evacuation S all you are all you need ki Sheet has been safety tested to a maximum weight of 250kg.
  • The recommended safe working load for a Ski Evacuation Sheet is 120kg for two people

Note:

  • Beware of imitations or equipment that has not received third party certification; you cannot afford for your evacuation aid to fail when in use
  • The genuine Ski Evacuation Sheet is provided with seat-belt style IMMI buckles
  • Where escape routes or stairways are too narrow for mattress evacuation, Ski Evacuation Sheet should not be used other evacuation aids such as Evacuation Ski Pad can often be used safely in such environments
  • When considering the selection of an evacuation aid, it is also essential to determine the particular risks that staff may encounter utilising such equipment
  • Another critical 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.

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.

Laundering Instructions

Answer: Machine Washable. Do not Bleach. Drip Dry or Tumble Dry on a Low Heat. Washing: When laundering does become necessary the buckles on the belts should be fastened, and a temperature of up to 80˚C can be used. To protect the buckles, it is recommended that the sheets should be washed in a bag. Thorough rinsing will ensure that no detergent deposit is left. A disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required. Drying: A low temperature is recommended to prevent the nylon material from becoming brittle and shrinking.

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.

To prevent cross-contamination, the Evacuation Ski Sheet 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-antiviral wipes

  • The Evacuation Ski Sheet is machine washable
  • The buckles on the belts should be fastened, a temperature of up to 80 ̊c can be used
  • To protect the buckles; it is recommended that the sheets should be washed in a laundry bag
  • Thorough rinsing will ensure that no detergent deposit is left
  • A disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required

A disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required, do not use bleach

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

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

Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles or elastics, the Evacuation Ski Sheet should be replaced

The recommended safe working load for a Evacuation Ski Sheet is 120kg for two people

  • Although the Evacuation 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

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

  • The Evacuation 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

No, as this places both the staff member and the patient/resident at an unacceptably high level of risk

No, for staff to operate an Evacuation Ski Sheet safely, they must receive face-to-face training with a competent person, as the operation of an Evacuation Ski Sheet is both skill and knowledge-based

No, a rescue training dummy must be used to simulate a patient/resident for training with an Evacuation Ski Sheet

  • 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

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