The ResQmat can be stored in a cupboard or with other emergency equipment. It can be taken to a patient if an emergency evacuation is needed, particularly in a multi-story building when lifts cannot be used in case of a fire. To use, simply take the ResQmat to the patient, remove the strap that is around the ResQmat and un-fold the ResQmat.
Below are some suggested ways of getting the patient onto the ResQmat. Your manual handling advisor may have a better suggestion for this task.
When putting the patient on top of the ResQmat, place their head on the pillow with their shoulders close to the edge of the pillow. The oversize pillow is to protect the patient's head when going around corners or if descending down stairs head first.
If the patient is in bed: 'log roll' the patient to place the ResQmat under them. It is better to place the side of the ResQmat with the soft Hook and Loop Tape under the patient. If the side with the red shortening strap is tucked in under the patient first, the red shortening strap may catch underneath the patient.
If the patient is in a chair: place the ResQmat on the floor in front of the chair with the pillow where the patient's feet would be. If they are in a wheelchair, apply the brakes, remove the foot plates or swing them out of the way. Lift the patient’s legs to pull them, so they slide down into the ResQmat. This is easier if a second Carer can hold the patient under the arms to help them slide. Remember this is only used for an emergency evacuation. It may also be possible to stand the patient and have the ResQmat near the chair to lay the patient onto the ResQmat. There may not be enough Carers, so always ask your manual handling advisor to learn a safe method for patients and carers.
When the patient is on the ResQmat: firmly wrap the sides of the ResQmat over the patient and secure the Hook Tape section onto the opposite side. Start nearest the feet. Make sure the red shortening strap is clear of the patient's feet.
The patient's feet should be inside the V section of the red strap. After the four Hook and Loop Tape fastenings are firmly done up, pull the red strap from the foot of the sheet through the buckle near the chest, so the length of the ResQmat is made shorter as it pulls into the patient's feet. Use one hand to push the red strap into the buckle and the other hand to pull the strap away from the buckle. Then close the clamp latch to secure the strap. Even if the webbing is not neatly in the buckle and some webbing is over the edge, the buckle should still close and lock the webbing. By shortening the length of the ResQmat it helps secure the patient if they are taken down stairs feet first.
There is a second pulling strap located under the pillow and this can be used to help lower someone from a bed or if it is necessary, to pull from the head end of the ResQmat. This strap can be used to help the descent if going down stairs, on stair landings or turning around corners, etc. In most evacuations this pulling strap will be kept out of the way, by storing it under the pillow. As there is less strain to pull from the foot end, only use the head pulling strap if necessary.
The patient should be pulled clear of the building to a designated muster area approved by your facility.
It is important that all staff have manual handling training in using the ResQmat, so they will know how to use it in an emergency. When training, it may be better to stop the training by the escape door, because if the ResQmat is dragged across a driveway the bottom surface may be scratched beyond repair. Proposed escape routes should be trialed for evacuation in different directions depending on where the fire may start. It may be necessary to relocate some furniture to give better space to turn around corners, or on stair landings, etc.
We also manufacture other Patient Rescue Sheets: Item 220 for vinyl floors and Patient Rescue Sheet Item 220VC for vinyl and carpet. These Rescue Sheets are stored under the patient’s mattress on the bed, and when they are used the patient is evacuated with their mattress.
ResQmat Cleaning: Normally only a ResQmat that is used for staff training may need cleaning if it is soiled during an exercise. If the ResQmat is used in an emergency the replacement cost would be covered in an insurance claim.
The foam pillow and the foam mattress can be separated from the Rescue Sheet. Remove the pillow foam from the mattress cover, to be washed in a tub. Squeeze to remove excess water and air dry in the shade. The mattress, without the pillow can be washed up to 80°C. The Rescue Sheet can be wiped with disinfectant and air dried.