Spectrum Healthcare (UK) Ltd is delighted to announce that we have been appointed the official sole distributors of Med Sled emergency evacuation devices, within the UK and Ireland, for ARC Products, LLC.
ARC Products, LLC, based in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the top manufacturers of cost-effective evacuation solutions in the USA, developing products to support disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation to ensure that non-ambulatory individuals have a means of escape and can be transported to safety in emergency situations.
In the wake of disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, hospitals, schools and nursing homes across the USA started to review their disaster preparedness plans, which included emergency procedures for evacuating non-ambulatory individuals.
In response to the growing need and demand for viable, cost-effective and efficient transport solutions, ARC Products developed the Med Sled – a compact evacuation device that includes an innovative, high-performance stairwell braking system that allows the sled to easily descend several flights of stairs in a matter of minutes, with no heavy lifting requirements.
Among the range of products developed by ARC Products LLC, are cushioned inserts which allow the standard and bariatric Med Sleds to be used for the evacuation of up to two toddlers or three babies - including life sustaining equipment. Other Med Sled products include; a vertical lift rescue sled, single ‘special care’ baby evacuation basket and rack system & military and funeral specification sleds.
The best example of where Med Sleds have been successfully used was during Hurricane Sandy, October 2011, when New York City Hospital had to be evacuated. During the storm the hospital basement started to take on water, the lower floors and elevator shafts filled with 10 to 12 feet of water causing the main power to fail. Backup generators slowly began to breakdown, resulting in a 90% power-outage and forced staff to begin an evacuation.
Around 300 patients, including 22 newborn babies and 20 infants in neonatal intensive care - some on battery-powered respirators and others needing to be manually ventilated by staff, had to be transferred to neighbouring hospitals.
Teams of four to five staff at the hospital aided in the evacuation of the very sick and non-ambulant patients on Med Sled, using the tethered braking system, from as high up as the 17th floor– with emergency crews and other responders leading the way by torch light. This included one women in intensive labor who received an epidural while on a Med Sled.
The evacuation was completed successfully with no fatalities or injuries thanks to the hospitals’ forward planning, disaster preparedness and the instillation of Med Sleds.
International Sales and Marketing Director Steve Clark said; “We are very excited about representing Med Sled and introducing these innovative products into the UK & Irish markets and look forward to further developing our relationship with ARC Products LLC”.
Med Sled Products will be coming soon to the Website.
For more information on the range contact Spectrum Healthcare (UK) Ltd: