The Bariatric EvacMat is a product designed for the safe removal of bariatric individuals from buildings in the event of an emergency.
Wrap around side flaps, secured by cross straps help to keep the individual safely secured within the EvacMat while the transfer is taking place. A sizable foot pocket helps ensure that the patient does not slide down into the EvacMat while being transported down stairs.
The EvacMat comes with a variety of handles to enable greater ease of use for operators when moving the patient. The EvacMat has a selection of anchor points, enabling ropes to be attached for especially challenging descents.
The base of the EvacMat is made from hard-wearing Polyethylene which allows it to moved across a variety of surfaces, both indoor and outdoor. EvacMat – How to Use
In an emergency, the Bariatric EvacMat can be carried to the evacuation location using the carry handles. To reduce the physical effort of the carers, moving the patient as close to the exit or stairs as possible, on their bed, is strongly recommended if space allows.
If time allows, always work with the bed at a comfortable height. One person should take a lead role to ensure communication throughout the process is clear and effective.
Release the two holding buckles and unroll the Bariatric EvacMat ready for use. Release the buckles on the cross straps and unfold the EvacMat. The patient will then need to be transferred onto the EvacMat either on the bed or on the floor, by safe means using approved moving and handling techniques. These will be suggested by the qualified personnel who are available at the time of the evacuation.
Roll the patient on to the EvacMat, position them centrally and ensure that the head is placed on the area marked ‘head’ before commencing the buckling process. Make the patient as comfortable as possible by reassuring and explaining the process throughout. Cover the patient with the side flaps and secure the cross straps. These are colour coded to make the process simple.
The blue, red and white straps tighten across the patient’s chest and legs. Once secure, the foot end can be folded over the feet and the yellow strap can be fastened across from head to toe. Straps need to be tight but comfortable for the patient. To prevent tripping, ensure the ends of the loose straps are tucked under the cross straps.
The patient’s, personal evacuation plan must be adhered to in the safe movement of patients down the stairs. For further guidance, contact your organisation’s moving and handling department. It is important that all operators carrying out the evacuation closely follow the instructions of the lead person so that everybody pulls and moves at the same time.
Remove the foot end of the bed then lower and tilt the bed. Working together, slide the patient off the foot end of the bed, being sure to protect the head throughout this procedure, particularly as the head comes off the end of the bed. Once the EvacMat in on the floor, all available operators should assist in moving the patient towards the stairs. It is vital that the patient approaches the stairs feet first so be careful to ensure that turning the EvacMat around in a narrow corridor is not required to achieve that feet first position.
With operators distributing the weight between them, slide the patient down the stairs, feet first in a controlled manner. All operators must communicate with each other and act and follow the instructions of the lead operator. When reaching the half landing (if there is one), it is important to steer a wide course so that you do not encounter problems with the central pillar of the staircase. If needed, the cross straps can be used to reposition the EvacMat on the half landing area.
It is advisable to have a planned procedure for your patients when they arrive at a point of safety. The EvacMat is not designed for a patient to spend a long period of time on.
As a general rule the maximum weight being pulled should not exceed the combined weight of the handlers. Each bariatric patient will have his or her own handling plan and this should be considered prior to moving any patient using this equipment.
|Packed:||64cm x 37cm x 32cm|
|Unrolled:||220cm x 60cm with two side wings 90cm each|
|Base:||5mm polyethylene board 200cm x 61cm|
|Safety tested to:||350kg|
|Features:||Colour coded webbing straps with plastic buckles|