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Emergency slide provides quick fire escape

Hospital Safety Insider, September 3, 2009

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This week the two major hospitals in Missoula, MT, tested new emergency equipment that could be useful in evacuating patients and employees during a fire.

St. Patrick Hospital hosted a training session for the ParaSlyde, a sled made of 12-millimeter corrugated polypropylene with webbing straps that secure the patient, according to the Missoulian. Employees from Community Medical Center, which utilizes the ParaSlyde, also participated in the training.

The sled can be maneuvered by one, two, or four people, and is especially helpful when evacuating patients down stairs if elevators are closed during a major fire. At one point, a team of “four slender women” successfully moved a 200-plus pound patient down the stairs, according to the article.



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