ResQme

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Description

The ResQme is an evacuation board designed to help evacuate non-ambulant people or people who may not be able to walk down stairs in an emergency. It can be used for children to adults 198cm / 6’6″ tall. We highly recommend ordering with the Pillow as this offers extra comfort and protection for the head.

In any building over two storeys high, if there is a power failure or a fire, the electricity is turned off and the lifts or elevators then cannot be used. It is difficult and probably impossible, for people in wheelchairs or using Zimmer Frames or walking sticks, to walk down stairs. The ResQme can be used in office buildings, theatres, libraries, hospitals, schools, etc. Even if a handicapped person does not work in the building, a handicapped visitor could be in the building when there is a power failure or fire, and they will not be able to use the stairs to evacuate. When not in use, the ResQme can hang from a hook or be stored in a cupboard, ready to use when an evacuation is necessary.

 

To Use

Take the ResQme to the patient. Remove the strap that is around the ResQme and un-fold the ResQme.

When putting the patient on top of the ResQme, place their head on the pillow with their shoulders close to the edge of the pillow. The oversize pillow is to protect the patient’s head when going around corners.

The methods outlined below are only some suggested ways of getting the patient onto the ResQme. Your manual handling advisor may have a better suggestion for this task.

 

If the patient is in bed

Log roll the patient to place the ResQme under them.

 

If the patient is in a chair

Place the ResQme on the floor in front of the chair with the pillow near the patient’s feet. If they are in a wheelchair, apply the brakes, remove the foot plates or swing them out of the way. Lift the patient’s legs to pull them, so they slide down into the ResQme. This is easier if a second Carer can hold the patient under the arms to help them slide, remember this is only used for an emergency evacuation. It also may be possible to stand the patient and have the ResQme near the chair to lay the patient onto the ResQme. There may not be enough Carers, so always ask your Manual Handling Advisor to learn a safe method for patients and Carers.

 

When the patient is on the ResQme

Place the person’s feet at the foot end, hard up against the plastic. Secure the Hook & Loop Tape to hold the person in. Position the pillow so it is comfortable under the head.

There is a second pulling strap located at the head end and this can be used to help lower someone from a bed or if it is necessary, to pull from the head end of the ResQme. This strap can be used to help the descent if going down stairs; on stair landings; turning around corners etc. In most evacuations this pulling strap will be kept out of the way, by storing it under the pillow. As there is less strain to pull from the foot end, only use the head pulling strap if necessary.

The patient should be pulled clear of the building to a designated muster area approved by your facility.

It is important that all staff have manual handling training in using the ResQme, so they will know how to use it in an emergency. When training, it may be better to stop the training by the escape door, because if the ResQme is dragged across a driveway the bottom surface may be scratched beyond repair. Proposed escape routes should be trialed for evacuation in different directions depending on where the fire may start. It may be necessary to move some furniture to allow more room to move.

 

Maintenance

We recommend you inspect annually, to ensure vermin have not caused any damage. The direction of the corrugations on the plastic board means that it’s not necessary to unroll it every few months.

 

Some other products to consider are:

These ResQsheets are stored under the patient’s mattress on the bed. The patient is then evacuated with their mattress.

 

This item is not suitable for most spiral staircases.

Item # 220M - Complete Product (Board & Pillow)
Item # 220MB - Board only, no Pillow

Design Application Number 14534 / 2011

Safe Working Load (SWL): 200kg / 440lbs

Note: There is no Standard for this product, therefore we have adopted the testing requirements as set out in International Standard ISO 10535:2011: Hoists for the transfer of disabled persons - Requirements and test methods. This Standard covers testing for mechanical lifting hoists and associated lifting slings. It includes a method for obtaining a SWL for a lifting sling which lifts a person’s entire weight, which Pelican’s range of slings adhere to. We use the same materials, thread and method of stitching our slings, as we do for the ResQ products. An important difference is that the ResQ products are designed to be slid, not lifted, so the SWL stated above could theoretically be increased. Because people’s weight and size may be distributed differently between the chest, stomach and legs, it may be possible that the Cross Straps do not fit some bariatric people. If possible, we recommend this is tested before an emergency occurs. If this is the case, please contact us as we may be able to supply extension Cross Straps.

Wipe clean with a hospital grade disinfectant. Wipe dry. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.

This product is designed as a single use item when used outdoors after evacuation, but it can be used many times for indoor training on carpet. After outside use in an actual evacuation, replacement of the ResQme should be covered by insurance.

The ResQme is slippery. Do not step into or stand on it. Keep it away from children. Have regular training from a Manual Handling Advisor on how to use the ResQme as part of the emergency evacuation education. After training, with someone already on the floor, it should take about 1 minute 25 seconds to start pulling them to safety.

Note for Trainers: This product may not be suitable for use on some circular staircases. Ensure all doorways are wide enough to allow this product to pass through. Allow caution when turning corners fast as a high lateral force may make the product roll over, although we are not aware of this ever happening. If evacuating a large Bariatric person, it may be necessary to have more than one person pulling. It is good to have the total weight of the people pulling, near to or equal to the weight of the evacuee. Also using the Pelican Extension Straps, Item 220E will lengthen the Pulling Straps so more people can hold the straps without being too close to each other. Remember more Rescuers will be needed to hold the weight back when descending stairs. Another product to help when descending is the Slow Slider Item 220SS, as this will allow one person to control the speed of the descent.

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