Ski Pad vs. WauK® board

1. Cost Comparison

• Cost comparison for evacuating 50 patients from a hospital or nursing home.
• Prices for the WauK® board and Ski Pad are list prices.
• Prices for hospital bedding are based on quantity discount pricing available on the internet.

Ski Pad WauK® board
Item Quantity Unit Price Total Cost Quantity Unit Price Total Cost
Ski Pad 50 $490 $24,500
Hospital sheet 50 $6 $300
Pillow and case 100 $31 $3,100
WauK® board 10 $775 $7,750
Patient strap sets 10 $40 $400
Total $27,900 $8,150
SAVINGS $19,750

2. Feature Comparison

Issue Ski Pad WauK® board Comments
Quantity required One needed for every patient that requires evacuation (patient remains on device until they reach the alternate site). One needed for every 5 patients that require evacuation (patient transferred to ambulance gurney). Fewer WauK® boards required for an evacuation plan. **
Additional equipment required Requires use of the bed sheet and the pillows as part of the evacuation (sheet + 2 pillows). No additional equipment required. The WauK® board does not require use of additional equipment.
Capacity 264 lbs (120 kgs) 500 lbs (227 kgs) The WauK® board has twice the capacity of the Ski Pad.
Patient comfort Not rigid. Patient in awkward positions during evacuation. ("s” like position when transferring out of bed, and “J” like position when going from stair-landing to steps). Rigid (patient remains supine) This is a major concern because the patient is placed in awkward positions on the Ski Pad during evacuation (for example removable from bed to floor) while they remain supine on the WauK® board.
Patient comfort Patient feels the effect of going over steps and across the edge of a landing onto the next flight of steps. Rigid (patient remains supine) The WauK® board prevents patient discomfort because the patient is rolled down the steps, not dragged over the steps on a pad.
Patient comfort The Ski Pad has a pocket for the patient’s feet. Some restriction due to the limitation of the pocket size. The WauK® board has a footrest for the patients’ feet. The WauK® board allows for any size foot because the footrest creates no restrictions.
Patient comfort Buckle as tight as possible to secure patient and minimize friction when dragging. Buckle snugly but not tightly since footrest prevents downward motion. The WauK® board is more comfortable because the straps are only pulled snugly around the patient, not tightly.
Tight space maneuvering Large footprint because it remains horizontal throughout evacuation (through doorways, down stairs, on stair landings, etc.). Small footprint; dolly feature allows it to be raised to an upright position (through doorways, on stair landings, etc.). The WauK® board is easier to maneuver through tight spaces.
Lifting by first responder Much lifting with the back as well as the legs due to dragging patient thru hallways and down stairs. Lifting primarily done with legs because the WauK® board is a dolly. The WauK® board is more effective at preventing back injury because it is designed for the first responder to lift with their legs, not their back.
Lifting by first responder Dragging thru hallways much more difficult when carpet is involved such as in a nursing home. Dolly like feature allows rolling over all surface types. The WauK® board is more effective at preventing back injury because the patient is rolled rather than dragged across all surfaces.
Stair movement Requires careful control of rate of descent by operators to prevent rapid sliding down stairs. Stops on each step as the patient is moved downstairs. The WauK® board will not slide down stairs.
Cost $490 ea + a bed sheet + two pillows $775 ea. + $40 for straps Total cost of the WauK® board is les than the total cost of Ski Pads (five times as many Ski Pads required (one for every patient evacuated).

** The WauK® board is intended to be reused during an evacuation. The patient is transferred from the WauK® board to the ambulance gurney and the WauK® board is taken back upstairs for another evacuation.

3. Training Videos

WauK® board Training Video

don't carry... ROLL a patient instead
prevent career limiting back injuries
minimize patient movement