The Hospital Evacuation / HMH Sked is simple and easy to use:
Slide the patient into the HMH Sked
Slide the patient to the floor, and
Drag the patient in the HMH Sked stretcher to a safe location.
The stretcher can also evacuate patients down stairwells when fire rated lifts are no longer available.
The stretcher can be dragged over virtually any terrain, including stairways and can be rapidly deployed by one person. Made of medium-density polyethylene plastic, the HMH Sked withstands high temperatures and is unbreakable as low as 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49C) below zero. It has also been upgraded with stronger buckles.
The stretcher is designed for use in mass casualty incidents where mass casualty evacuation from hospitals or other buildings, or for other Hazardous Materials incidents requiring level A protection, occurs.
Patients can be rolled or dragged onto the HMH Sked / Evacuation Stretcher rather than being lifted. This creates less fatigue for support personnel and rescuers, and potentially allows many more patients to be evacuated.
HMH Skeds can be rolled 1-4 per bundle for easy storage in compartments of rescue or fire apparatus. This allows for rapid use by units first on the scene.
Emergency responses to Hazardous Materials incidents are not just dangerous, they are very complex, personnel rich, and the equipment is very expensive. These factors greatly limit the number of non-ambulatory patients that can be removed from a contaminated zone. The introduction of the HMH Sked and newly developed tactics, even in their infancy, have greater capabilities in fulfilling rescue missions.
These include, at the very least, the ability to rapidly remove large numbers of patients and minimize the risk to rescuers. By using these creative new techniques and others being developed, the potential of this device is only limited by the creativity and expertise of the trainers and field personnel. With Haz-Mat incidents on the rise and potential terrorist risks, the HMH Sked is a tool that allows response personnel to efficiently and above all, safely rescue substantially more people.
Drag handle at the head end for patient safety – with two plastic grips for use by two rescuers
Four cut-in plastic handles eliminate webbing and ensure a secure, safe lift
Flexible, medium-density polyethylene plastic – unbreakable at 120 degrees below zero (-49C). Does not absorb chemicals, making it easily decontaminable
Will fit on decon-conveyors for easy decontaminating, and handling of patients and litter
8ft x 36in and 11lbs (2.4m x 91cm and 5kg) making it easy to handle by rescuers wearing level “A” protection
Military-grade 2 inch (5cm) side release plastic buckles are non-corrosive, won’t spark, and are inexpensive to replace in the event of contamination
Polypropylene slings can be attached to drag HMH Skeds up and down stairways
When equipped with the Skyhook WMD Patient Evacuation System (SK-2520), as many as four rescuers in level “A” protection are able to work in the Hot Zone on a major incident.
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