New evacuation method for immobile patients

Emergency Management Alert, December 9, 2008

Hospitals in Tulsa, OK are practicing a new way to evacuate patients who can’t walk, during a disaster.

The new method is called “slyding,” because it uses something called a Paraslyde, according to News Channel 8. The Paraslyde is essentially a stretcher made of a material similar to cardboard that weighs roughly seven pounds. During a disaster, when elevators are unusable, the immobile patient fits inside and two emergency medical technicians  can slide the apparatus down stairs.

Firefighters have said that although it isn’t the most comfortable method, this is the quickest way to get immobile patients out of harm ’s way. During Hurricane Katrina many hospitals struggled to evacuate people who could not walk because elevators did not have power.

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