Stair Chair vs. WauK® board
1. Cost Comparison
• Cost comparison for evacuating 50 patients from a hospital or nursing home.
• Prices for the WauK® board and stair chair are list prices.
• If you already own stair chairs, you can supplement them with WauK® boards to accommodate patients who can't sit up.
|Stair Chair||WauK® board|
|Item||Quantity||Unit Price||Total Cost||Quantity||Unit Price||Total Cost|
|Patient strap sets||10||$40||$400|
2. Feature Comparison
|Issue||Stair Chair||WauK® board||Comments|
|Patient Application||Used only for patients that can sit up.||Used for patients that can sit up or must remain lying down.||The WauK® board can be used to evacuate all patients while a stair chair can only be used to evacuate patients that can sit up.|
|Quantity Required||One needed for every 5 patients that require evacuation.||One needed for every 5 patients that require evacuation.||No difference. One team extricating five patients during an evacuation is an estimate and can be affected by the number of floors to ground level, patient size, and other factors.|
|Capacity||500 lbs (227 kgs)||500 lbs (227 kgs)||No difference.|
|Lifting||Lifting only required to assist patient into and out of the stair chair.||Lifting required to raise the evacuee to the upright dolly position for extrication.||The WauK® board requires additional lifting.|
|Weight||37 lbs (varies based on manufacturer)||23 lbs||The WauK® board is lighter than a stair chair and therefore easier to carry back upstairs for an additional evacuation.|
|Tight Space Maneuvering||20 in wide (varies based on manufacturer)||18 in wide||The WauK® board is easier to maneuver through tight spaces.|
|Maintenance||Maintenance required as described in operators manual (varies based on manufacturer).||No maintenance required.||The WauK® board does not require maintenance.|
|Ease of Use and Training||Adjustments are required during use. Several steps required to fold for storage and unfold for use.||No adjustments required during use. No folding or unfolding required.||The WauK® board has only one configuration with no adjustments. Therefore it is easier to use and easier to train on.|
|Cost||$3391 ea. (a stair chair with tracks that allow for extrication down stairs)||$775 ea. + $40 for straps||Total cost of the WauK® board is less than the total cost of a stair chair.|
** 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.