- Important Information
The ResQpod is designed to safely evacuate a non-ambulant person from a building in an emergency situation. The Evacuee may be in a wheelchair or they may not be able to walk down stairs if the lifts are not available due to fire or an electrical failure.
The ResQpod is a bright yellow/gold colour with bright green Pulling Straps to stand out in poor light conditions. The yellow Storage Bag and Pulling Straps have some Hi Vis Tape made to Australian Standard 906.4. Many fires start at night. If the electricity is turned off, Rescuers need to find the ResQpod in poor light. Outside of the building, the bright colours and reflective tape will help the outside Rescuers see the ResQpod coming. This allows them to assist evacuation away from the building.
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 ResQpod 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 ResQpod can hang from a hook or be stored in a cupboard, ready to use when an evacuation is necessary.
Take the ResQpod to the patient. Remove the strap that is around the ResQpod and un-fold the ResQpod.
When putting the patient on top of the ResQpod, place their head on the pillow with their shoulders close to the edge of the pillow.
The methods outlined below are only some suggested ways of getting the patient onto the ResQpod. Your manual handling advisor may have a better suggestion for this task.
If the patient is in bed
Log roll the Evacuee onto the ResQpod. If their head is not on the pillow, the Rescuers can slide the Evacuee up into position.
If the patient is in a chair
Place the ResQpod 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 ResQpod. 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 ResQpod near the chair to lay the patient onto the ResQpod. 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 ResQpod
Place Evacuee’s arms on their stomachs, or hands on their laps and do up the Hook & Loop firmly.
Do up the Hook & Loop around the upper and lower legs or around the feet of shorter Evacuees.
Attach the Orange Length Adjusting Strap to the Shoulder Strap. Pull the Length Adjusting Strap to shorten the length of the ResQpod. The shorter ResQpod is more secure for the Evacuee, and is easier to manoeuvre going around corners, and on stair landings.
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.
This item is not suitable for most spiral staircases.
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 and are therefore ready to use. The patient is then evacuated with their mattress.
Item # 220RP
Safe Working Load (SWL) 290kg (639lbs). Note: There is no Australian or International Standard for this product, therefore we have adopted the testing requirements as set out in AS/ISO 10535:2002 (Hoists for the transfer of disabled persons). 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 slide and not be 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 can supply extension Cross Straps.
Wipe clean with a hospital grade disinfectant and wipe dry, or wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing.
Remove the webbing Straps from the Pockets before washing. The webbing Straps must be fully dry before putting back into the Pockets and doing up the Press Studs. Before refitting to the mattress, make sure the mattress and the bed frame and base are completely dry.
Notes 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 the person is in an armchair, electric or manual wheelchair and if they need to be taken out of the chair in an emergency, this can be a very difficult and possibly dangerous risk for the Evacuee and the Rescuers. We suggest using the Pelican ResQslide Board Item 220PSBK as this could make the task a lot easier and safer. If using the ResQslide Board the person can slide directly onto the ResQpod. Another emergency is if the person is having a heart attack, use the ResQboard to slide them to the floor for C.P.R. If evacuating a large Bariatric person, it may be necessary to have more than one person pulling. It is recommended to have the total weight of the people pulling, near to or equal to the weight of the Evacuee. Also using the Pelican ResQsheet 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.