There is a range of emergency lifting solutions to assist with moving people who have limited mobility, in potentially dangerous situations.
Evacuation of wheelchair users in an emergency
For emergency evacuation of wheelchair users, there is a range of powered and manual chairs, including stairclimbers to cope with any staircases, including narrow, steep and winding stairs.
In order to be able to accommodate users of heavy power chairs, the platform-style stairclimber has a 200 kg capacity, and large wheels which make it easy to traverse landings between flights of stairs. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Lifting from the floor
If somebody has fallen to the floor, but is otherwise uninjured, an emergency lifting chair as shown here is a safe and easy way to raise them.
Simply operated by one carer, the Raizer lifting chair is quickly assembled around the fallen person, and battery power lifts them smoothly, using a handheld remote control.
Weighing just 12 kg in total, the chair can be easily transported in its component parts, to wherever it is required.
Lifting in a confined space
If someone with mobility problems has fallen in a confined space, such as a toilet cubicle, a no-hoist ProMove sling is a practical way to move them, provided they are not injured. This is a safer and more dignified alternative to manual handling.
Rather than doing a “top and tail lift” or hoicking the individual under their armpits, the sling can be placed underneath them, and then the handles allow between two and four people to share the lift. This reduces the load as much as possible, lowering the risk of musculoskeletal injury to the operatives as well as the patient.
Being very portable, it is also useful in outside locations where you are unable to access a hoist.
Fast emergency transfer for an injured person
For emergency situations, where it is necessary to move a disabled or injured person quickly – to evacuate a building in case of fire, for example – transfer systems that can be used by a number of people together, minimise the risk of injury.
The evacuation system shown on the left is adjustable and padded for the comfort and safety of the user. It has vertical and horizontal looped handles for a safer grip, and the straps which hold the user secure can be adjusted to suit their size.