ResQsheet for Trolley Beds
- Important Information
- For emergency evacuation of non-ambulant patients
- Specially designed for narrow trolley beds
- Long pulling straps at each end, sewn half way down the length to allow for more rescuers
- Press studs & pockets for the Cross Straps to help contain the straps and prevent them getting caught in side rails
- Plastic buckles – safer than metal buckles when detached under strain, and won’t damage the washing machine
- Cross Straps sewn all the way across the material for extra strength – especially good for sliding on rough tarmac/bitumen/concert
Narrow Trolley Beds are used in many hospitals in the Emergency Departments, Day Wards and other departments. Trolley Beds are narrower than a standard bed so when making the bed, the standard size ResQsheet (92cm / 36″ wide), is not held correctly in position by the elastic corner straps. If a standard size ResQsheet is used under the mattress, the sides of the ResQsheet can wrap around the sides of the mattress. This slippery material can be dangerous if a patient sits on the side of the bed. They may make the mattress slide from under them, and the patient may fall to the floor. To overcome these problems we have introduced a narrower ResQsheet made to fit these Trolley Beds.
The Trolley Bed mattress itself should have a non-slip material on the bottom. However, the mattresses are very light weight and it is easy for them to move or slip. Normally standard width bed sheets are used on the Trolley Bed. When tucked under the mattress, the non-slip bottom of the mattress is prevented from directly touching the Trolley Bed Base. This can make the mattress prone to slipping. To overcome slipping when the patient is sitting on the side of the bed, Pelican suggests using the Anti Slide Mattress Pad. These Pads are made from Miracle Grip material with a foam interior to keep it flat on the Trolley Bed Base, and a vinyl heat sealed version is available.
After evacuation, the patient can be left still cocooned in the ResQsheet which may be helpful with patients who are liable to wander. The Cross Straps are sewn across the full width of the ResQsheet to provide extra security in case the strong nylon material should tear on a rough surface, i.e. driveways, roads, etc.
Special Press Studs (Patent Applied For) are on the Pulling Straps and the Cross Straps. By doing the Press Studs up, the webbing will be kept in place to help prevent the Pulling Straps falling off the ends of the bed. There have been occasions when these straps have been tangled on attachments to the bed and delayed a fast evacuation. The Cross Straps also have Press Studs to stop the straps falling between the bed side rail and the bed base.
Two pieces of Miracle Grip Rubber material are sewn to each side, at the top and bottom. A trend with hospital beds is to no longer have small metal bars to hold a mattress in position. This means that the mattress may slip when someone gets into or out of bed. If you find that using this product may contribute to the mattress sliding on the bed frame, we suggest using our Anti Slide Mattress Sticks or Anti Slide Mattress Pad.
There are many names by which this type of item is known. Some include: Evacuation Sheets, Fire Sheets, Fire Rescue Sheets, Fire Evacuation Sheets, Fire Blankets, or Ski Sheets.
The Pulling Cross Straps are a bright orange colour. This easily identifies it is a different size from the standard bed width ResQsheets. The elastic will fit over both ends of the mattress, even if the two ends are different shapes. They keep the ResQsheet in place when making the bed. Fit the ResQsheet under the mattress with the ‘This Way Up’ label facing up. It does not matter which ends are at the Head or Foot end as the ResQsheet is symmetrical. Store the folded Cross Straps in pockets and secure with the Press Studs. This will hold the straps in place during bed making.
Pull the Cross Straps out of the pockets and join the buckle with the strap from the opposite pocket over patient and bed clothes. You can place a pillow on the patient’s chest and another across the legs, under the Cross Straps to further protect the patient.
Pull the Cross Straps tight to cocoon the patient, complete with sheets and blankets still inside the mattress. Take out the Head and Foot Pulling Straps from under the mattress. Lower the bed as far as possible. Then use the Straps to lower the patient and mattress off the bed and slide along the floor by using the long Pulling Straps at either end. ResQSheet Extension Straps are available which can fit to any of the Pelican ResQ products to allow for more people to pull.
The Base Sheet is made from a strong white nylon material. This is easy to see in the dark when taken outside if an evacuation takes place at night. The white colour shows dirt marks better, so you will know when it needs washing.
Plan Escape Routes for Fire Evacuation
Do not have furniture that may impede pulling the mattress and patient down a corridor. Make sure that there is enough space to leave the bedroom and to turn in the corridor.
Most fires start in laundries and kitchens. Make sure that you can evacuate the building without passing these high risk areas. Have alternative escape routes if the fire originates from a bedroom.
All staff should have regular fire drills, so that in an emergency they are familiar with evacuation procedures.
All facilities must have full instructions in the use of evacuation equipment and evacuation routes from their own trainers.
Item # 220T
Size: 187cm x 68cm (74" x 27")
Safe Working Load (SWL): 300kg / 660lbs
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.
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.