Ski pad for evacuations
The revolutionary Ski Pad is particularly fit for Hospitals and residential care building, but it’s also appropriate for many other locations such as schools, workplaces, and hotels where mobility compromised individuals need help to evacuate. The Pad requires little teaching and almost no upkeep or maintenance. The Pad is a fundamental aid in the quick evacuation of patients or residents when doorways or stairways are too narrow for the Ski Sheet, or when situations dictate where other disabled people need help to evacuate from a building.
Thankfully, within reason, there is no minimum width of stairway that a Ski Pad can be utilised in. However, the slimmer the staircase, the harder it will be to negotiate, particularly when there are tight turns. A 1.5 metre stair would offer the perfect width for ease of use, but the Ski Pad have been used in stairwell which are only 80cm. That is the current record so far. When it’s necessary to navigate a half landing which twists halfway, the cross straps can be used for pulling instead of the normal pull straps, which allows much improved control. It’s also a good idea to think about the weight of patients as the bigger they are, the harder they are to pull, particularly around tight corners.
The Ski Pad can also be used for folks in wheelchairs, and it makes it pretty easy to handover someone from a wheelchair onto a Ski Pad using the relevant techniques explained in the instructional leaflet included with the Pad. This technique needs no direct lifting, and as a result, is a lot safer for staff from a labouring perspective. The procedure can be made even more simple by the use of a sliding board too which we also sell elsewhere on our site.
An alternative version of the Pad is offered too for patients with brittle bones. This version has double width padding to give extra fortification for the users potentially more delicate frame. When used for moving someone with brittle bones, ample amounts of padding between the passenger and straps is absolutely vital.
The Ski Pad is stored in a wipe clean storing bag and can be fixed on hooks onto the wall at the top of a staircase or stairwell allowing quick placement when the Velcro clasp is released.
Appropriate for use with patients or residents, the evacuation sheet is immediately accessible in crisis situations, shielding the passenger during evacuation along exit courses and down stairwells.