Procedure for Patient Evacuation Using the WauK® board
The WauK® board is a helpful tool during evacuations from hospitals and nursing homes. It is a dolly designed specifically for transporting people. Patients are easily and inexpensively transfered from building to ambulance using the WauK® board's built-in dolly features (wheels, footrest, easy-to-use handles, lightweight).
- Patients are transferred from your facility to an ambulance gurney by a team of two people. Heavier patients may require a team of three people (see Team Size Determination, below).
- When a team arrives at an ambulance, the patient should be transferred from the WauK® board to the gurney.
- The team retains the WauK® board and returns to your facility for additional evacuations.
- Each team will transfer approximately five patients from beds to awaiting ambulances by reusing a single WauK® board.
- Example: for a 50 patient evacuation, 10 WauK® boards and 10 teams are required for evacuation
Lifting and Carrying Patients
- Each person on an evacuation team should follow the procedures demonstrated in the WauK® board training video at www.waukboard.com/training
- Each person performing evacuation should watch the WauK® board training video.
- Each person performing evacuation should practice all the steps outlined in the training video using a WauK® board and a volunteer acting as a patient:
- Log-rolling a patient onto the WauK® board
- Securing a patient with straps
- Raising a patient to the upright position
- Rolling a patient through a hallway
- Transitioning from the "upright position" to the "wheel-barrow position" for extrication down steps
- Taking a patient down steps
- Transferring a patient from the WauK® board to the gurney
- We recommend practicing this procedure quarterly.
Team Size Determination
In most cases, a two-person team can transfer patients. A three-person team may be needed depending on:
- the weight of the patient
- the strength of the members on the team
When a patient is being rolled through a hallway, the WauK® board is in the upright position and the weight of the load is transferred to the wheels. When a patient is being extricated down steps, the team member at the head end of the board uses the wheel‑barrow position. The weight of the load is heavier when carrying the WauK® board in the wheel-barrow position. An optional third team member can be added at the head of the WauK® board for heavier patients. Note: The person at the foot end of the board pulls the WauK® board forward on each step. They do not lift the WauK® board.