Main Features of this rescue product
- For emergency evacuation of non-ambulant patients
- Long pulling straps, sewn half way down the length to allow for more rescuers
- Rubber on the sides to help prevent the mattress slipping when getting into and out of bed
- 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 will not damage a washing machine
- Cross Straps sewn all the way across the material for extra strength – especially good for sliding on rough tarmac/bitumen/concrete
- Slides well on vinyl floors. For other floor surfaces including carpet we recommend the ResQsheet for Vinyl & Carpet (sold separately)
The ResQsheet is kept in position under the mattress with strong elastic corner straps. Daily bed making is as normal. If there is an emergency, then the webbing straps are removed from their pockets and quickly done up around the mattress and the patient. The head and foot end pulling straps are also taken out from under the mattress. The mattress and the patient are then lowered onto the floor for very fast and safe evacuation. This saves the staff from having to carry them. The patient is protected by their mattress and they can be easily taken down stairs to safety.
After an emergency 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.
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.
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 have 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 (sold separately) or Anti Slide Mattress Pad (sold separately).
Comparison between our ResQ Products
Click here to view the Features List for the range of Pelican evacuation devices.
The ResQsheet is positioned under the mattress with the four elastic straps over each corner of the mattress to help keep the ResQsheet in position when bed making. The Cross Straps should be folded and secured into the pockets provided, ready for easy access in an emergency evacuation. Also secure the Head and Foot Straps using the Press Studs.
Pull the Cross Straps out of the pockets and join the buckle with the strap from the opposite pocket over the patient and bed clothes. A pillow may be placed 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 (sold separately) are available which can fit to any of the Pelican ResQ products to allow for more people to pull.
The ResQsheet is made from a strong white nylon material which 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.
The materials used to make the ResQsheets are the same as we use for our Lifting Slings. When doing NATA Testing, the Slings lifted 1,000kg / 2200lbs without failing.
When carrying out ‘In House’ testing, the ResQsheets were pulled at a fast walking speed on carpet and vinyl, with a load of 104kg / 229lbs. The test results can vary on different grades of carpet depending on the pile and underlay. With vinyl flooring, the type of vinyl and any polishes or cleaning materials used may also affect the pulling force. Therefore these results are just an indication of the reduction. The Initial Force was when the ResQsheets were on the floor. After taking the mattress off the bed, and starting to slide straight away, the initial force should be less. The table below shows the forces in relation to the ResQsheet, and the ResQsheet for Vinyl & Carpet. If there are long corridors of carpet, we recommend the ResQsheet for Vinyl & Carpet.
|Item Name||Pulling Weight||Carpet Floor Initial Force||Carpet Floor Sliding Force||Vinyl Floor Initial Force||Vinyl Floor Sliding Force|
|ResQsheet||104kg / 229lbs||36kg / 73lbs||24kg / 54lbs||35kg / 78lbs||30kg / 67lbs|
|ResQsheet for Vinyl & Carpet||104kg / 229lbs||30kg / 67lbs||15kg / 34lbs||39kg / 87lbs||38kg / 85lbs|
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 room and to turn in the corridor in an emergency evacuation.