Ski Sheet 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 Sheet are list prices.
• Prices for hospital bedding are based on quantity discount pricing available on the internet.
|Ski Sheet||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 Sheet||WauK® board||Comments|
|Quantity required||One needed for every hospital bed that may require evacuation (it is pre-staged on the mattress prior to an emergency).||One needed for every 5 patients that require evacuation.||Fewer WauK® boards required for an evacuation plan. **|
|Additional Equipment||Requires use of the mattress and bedding along with the Ski Sheet for evacuation.||No additional equipment required.||The WauK® board does not require use of additional equipment.|
|Tight Spaces||The width and length of a hospital mattress.||Only 17-1/2" wide and is taken upright during patient evacuation using the dolly function of the WauK® board.||The WauK® board fits through narrow doorways and small stairwells while the Ski Sheet requires a double door opening to allow for the width of the mattress.|
|Capacity||352 lbs (160 kgs)||500 lbs (227 kgs)||The WauK® board has a greater capacity.|
|Patient comfort||Not rigid. Patient is in awkward positions during evacuation ("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 Sheet during evacuation (for example when going from stair landing to steps).|
|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 mattress.|
|Tight space maneuvering||Large footprint because it is the length and width of a mattress and 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.|
|Cost||$190 ea. for every hospital bed at set up + the cost of 1 mattress + 1 sheet + 2 pillows||$775 ea. + $40 for straps||Total cost of the WauK® board is less than the total cost of Ski Sheets (five times as many Ski Sheets required; Ski Sheets require replacing mattresses used in evacuation).|
** 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.