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|
|Pillow and case||100||$31||$3,100|
|Patient strap sets||10||$40||$400|
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.