The SKI PAD is a
vital aid in the rapid evacuation of patients or residents etc when
doorways or stairways are too narrow for the Ski Sheet, OR in many
situations where non-ambulant people (such as wheelchair users)
require assistance to evacuate from a building.
There is no 'minimum' width of stairway that a Ski Pad can be used,
however the narrower the stair, the more difficult it is to
negotiate, especially when there are half landings or tight turns. A
1500mm stair would provide the ideal width for ease of
manoeuvrability, but Ski Pads have been used on stairs as narrow as
800mm. In such cases to negotiate a half landing or 180o
turn, the cross straps can be used for pulling rather than the
normal pull straps, this allows better control. It is also wise to
consider the weight of potential passengers, the bigger they are,
the harder they are to pull, especially around tight turns.
The Ski Pad can also be used for people
in wheelchairs, and it is relatively easy to transfer someone from a
wheelchair onto a Ski Pad using the following technique. Position
the wheelchair at one end of the Ski Pad with the passenger facing
away from the Pad. With one person at each side of the wheelchair,
carefully tip the wheelchair over backwards till it is laid on its
back. The occupant can now be pulled backwards onto the Ski Pad.
This method requires no direct lifting, and is therefore much safer
for staff from a manual handling aspect. The operation can be made
easier by the use of a 'sliding board' such as the
A modified version of the Pad is available for people with brittle
bones. This version has double thickness padding to give extra
protection to the passenger. When used for transporting someone with
brittle bones plenty of padding between the passenger and straps is
The Ski Pad is kept in a wipe clean storage bag and can be mounted on hooks
on the wall at the head of a stair allowing rapid deployment when the Velcro
fastening is released.
Suitable for use with
patients, residents or any non-ambulant person, the evacuation
sheet is instantly available in emergency situations, protecting the
passenger during evacuation along exit routes and down stairs.
The Ski Pad is tested to 160kg, but the maximum
weight is best kept below 120kg for balance and safety reasons, however a
specially designed lifting sling (the PROMOVE
SLING) is available for bariatric people. This requires several people
to use depending on the weight of the evacuee.
A budget slip mat, the
E-Pad is now also available.
This is a thinner mat (38mm foam padding) that is suitable for people with
no obvious sensitivity issues or brittle bones etc. It is suitable for use
on stairs with rounded nosings but may not be ideal for use on metal edged
steps with square edges.
Transfer from a wheelchair to either mat is
relatively easy. The Wheel chair is reversed onto the mat and then lowered backwards onto the
mat along with the passenger. The
passenger is then slid backwards onto the mat and the wheelchair removed.
Download INSTRUCTIONS by clicking
A Power Point presentation can be
downloaded by clicking
A low resolution video clip of how the Ski Pad is used can be seen
by clicking this LINK.
The video is is filmed in a hospital environment, but the Ski Pad
can be used in many other types of premises such as offices, shops,
schools etc, etc. Many organisations carry out their own training
with this equipment using the DVD (available for £29.99 plus £2.50
P&P + VAT) as part of their training programme but we can also
in house training if you prefer.
A BARIATRIC VERSION IS ALSO AVAILABLE
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE 'SKI-PAD'
The tough slippery VINYL COATED BASE material
enables patients to be moved easily over virtually any surface - indoors or
50mm FOAM PAD gives protection to patient from bumps
NARROW WIDTH & FLEXIBILITY allows the
to be slid through standard doorways, along twisting corridors and down
narrow winding escape routes - without the risk of blocking the route
or the need for heavy lifting.
Packed: 711 x 711 x 152mm (28"x28"x6")
Open: 1981 x 686 x 51mm
recommended stair width:
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS DURING
You should liase with your manual handling advisor about forming a
policy on how many staff should be available to use this product.
TRAINING COURSES CAN BE ARRANGED.
SKI-PAD (50mm foam padding) £241.95
(50mm foam padding) £231.95
(Shortened by 30cm for children)
Thickness SKI-PAD (100mm foam padding) £410.00
(For people with brittle bones etc)
3 Strap versions
of all the above £21.00 Extra
*Delivery £6.50 each
(Budget Slip Mat) £159.00
Plus £6.50 delivery per 1 or 2 mats
NB! Not suitable for square edged metal steps.
For more information see E-Pad
Payment can be made by cheque or BACS by pro-forma invoice
or by credit card over the phone
Tel : 0845 644 6515