PATRAN® slide sheets can help move people quickly, safely when disaster strikes
Greendale, Wis. – The wildfires in California, earthquake in Mexico, and hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico challenged emergency responders and reminded people that disasters can strike at any time. This past year saw a significant number of natural disasters, as well as many man-made emergencies in the forms of shootings, demonstrating the importance of emergency preparedness.
The PATRAN® slide sheet can provide an inexpensive, easy-to-use tool to move sick, elderly, wounded, or immobilized patients during a crisis. The single-patient, multiple-use slide sheet reduces friction and shear, so caregivers can quickly move patients without injuring themselves.
The PATRAN®, made by Jamar Health Products, Inc., can be used to laterally transfer patients between surfaces, drag a fallen patient to a lift device, assist patients in or out of vehicles, and more. They are lightweight and compact, so they can easily be stored in supply carts or ambulances.
Disaster planning is a hot topic right now as Nov. 16 marked the start of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Emergency Preparedness Rule.1
The rule mandates U.S. healthcare facilities have policies and procedures in place for how staff will react during an emergency, as well as how facilities will work with government to coordinate responses to large-scale events, according to Outpatient Surgery Magazine.2
Determining how to evacuate patients and organizing emergency drills count among the preparedness planning requirements. Meeting the regulation is a requirement to participate in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Hospitals, hospices, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes are among the facilities affected by the new regulation.
One of the criteria: “ensure residents/patients dependent on assistive devices are transported so their equipment will be protected and their personal needs met,” can be found under the Survey & Certification: Emergency Preparedness for Every Emergency checklist.
“If time is of the essence, a somewhat mobile patient may likely become a completely dependent patient, requiring quick transfer,” said Stefanie Scott, president of Jamar Health Products. “The PATRAN is a quick, effective, and inexpensive way to move that patient and get him or her out of harm’s way.”
Healthcare facilities often report having hard slide boards, rollerboards, or launderable slide sheets to move patients. However, the price point and size usually restrict a facility from having enough on hand to be properly equipped for an emergency, Scott said.
“The price point on the PATRAN is low, so a facility can stock up and have enough on hand for all the patients in house,” Scott said. “Facilities that already use PATRAN on a daily basis typically assign one per patient and keep it close by so they’re already set if a disaster arises.”
Emergency preparedness experts warn against considering a disaster a rare event. Professionals with Kaiser Permanente health system have identified more than 60 potential emergencies in a revised Hazards Vulnerability Analysis.3 Some, including fire and flood, fall under the category of natural disaster, while others such as chemical exposure, bomb threats, and active shooter situations occur due to man-made circumstances.
A third category – institutional emergencies – includes department relocations perhaps owing to system failures or malfunctions like leaks, power outages, or renovations.
1Emergency Preparedness Rule: Survey & Certification-Emergency Preparedness Regulation Guidance – Guidance for Surveyors, Providers, and Suppliers Regarding the New Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Emergency-Prep-Rule.html. Accessed December 5, 2017.
2Are Your Ready for a Disaster? Outpatient Surgery Magazine. Sept. 2017;30-33.
3Hazard Vulnerability Analysis. California Hospital Association website. https://www.calhospitalprepare.org/hazard-vulnerability-analysis. Accessed December 5, 2017.