What are Evacuation Chairs?

Time:2021-03-30

Evacuation chairs are the devices that, more than any other, tell us about an aspect of emergency interventions: there are situations in which “quickly and well” is a categorical imperative.
For this reason, the evacuation chair has appeared in the rescue world.

During an emergency, evacuation procedures cannot foresee any margin for error or loss of time: in most cases, the rescuer must already deal with important stress factors, the spread of panic being the most important.

The evacuation chair in public and high-consequence spaces
Aware of this assumption, most international legislation and intervention protocols widely applied in the world have provided for the provision of these essential devices in public spaces of interest: hospitals, nursing homes, railway stations, airports, schools, museums, shopping centers, hotels, sports facilities, offices and residential buildings.

The provision of evacuation chairs for the movement of the elderly, disabled, people unable to move independently and lightly injured has become an integral part of the risk analysis that make up an evacuation plan.

This equipment is used daily by rescuers of all categories, whether they are members of an ambulance crew or firefighters: the knowledge of its proper use will make the difference in intervention situations in which every moment counts.

Let’s take a closer look at one of the most popular evacuation chair,it has created this descending chair in three different models, which can provide for the movement of the patient by a single rescuer or in synergy with a colleague.

 

The common peculiarity through the various Skid Series models is to minimize the effort on the operator part.

The Skid models unique self-braking slides facilitate the rescuer’s work, allowing the operator to carry the patient downhill without effort or difficulty.

In descent, the effort of transport and braking is, in fact, transferred to the skidding system.

When going uphill, the extendable handles allow for effortless transportation without overloading the lumbar region.

Its simplicity also allows operations to move the elderly, disabled or slightly injured, in emergency conditions, even by those who intervene without specific preparation or physical.

This second aspect can be crucial when emergency evacuation involves facilities not strictly medical, such as school buildings or sports centres.