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For stairway descent the 300H, 500H, 600H and Power 800 require just one operator to guide the chair and the person seated in it down the steps. the EVAC+CHAIR® does 90% of the work itself. It is recommended that when transporting a bariatric patient using the 500H that a second operator helps to guide the chair using the handles located at the front.
Yes. The EVAC+POWER 800 is an electric/battery powered stair climber which allows for easy and safe stair ascent and descent. Can be used in emergency evacuations, power outages, and daily patient transport to safely and easily move a passenger up and down a flight of stairs.
The EVAC+CHAIR® model, 600-H is equipped with front and rear lift handles for this purpose. However, in order to ascend up stairs or over obstacles, two operators are required to lift the chair. The treads cannot be used to go up stairs.
Our IBEX 700H will go both up and down stairs without any carrying or lifting. The treads never leave the stair nosing and support 90% of the passengers weight.
The EVAC+CHAIR® is all that is required. It uses basic principles of gravity and friction, not gadgets. There is no installation. It’s always ready for immediate on-the-job protection.
No. He or she is seated within a pocket seat that “cups” the body securely. The rider is strapped in and sits only inches from the incline of the steps. All weight is supported by the stairs, not the straining arms of volunteers.
We recommend that attendants initially practice with a person who weighs about their own body weight. Once the physical sense of operation is experienced, and depending upon the operator’s own strength and agility, greater disparities in weight can be handled.
The EVAC+CHAIR® Power 800 and the IBEX can be recommended for use for the disabled at home as they have both ascent and descent functionalities. We would not recommend the 300H, 500H and 600H for this situation (except for the high-rise apartment dweller) because of the varied and non-standard space and stair configurations of the private home. These models offer one-way transport only, a “lifeboat” function absolutely essential for a building but not practical for the individual seeking daily assistance up and down stairs.
By following the instructions that come with the unit (they’re also printed on the seat) the average person should be proficient with someone his or her own weight within 5 minutes. It’s that simple!
It depends on the size and capacity of your location. Please call one of our evacuation experts to better assess your needs.
Because the chair operates on the Patented POLYMATIC-V BELT system, strength is less of a concern than using proper technique. When using the chair to transport someone downstairs, it is important to note that you should be pushing down towards your toes, not pulling back. Remember, to avoid injury to operators and/or the passenger, operators should never attempt to transport passenger loads greater than what they can lift.
As detailed in the NFPA Life Safety Recommendation and by the ADA it is required that each building is to have accessible means of egress (ADAAG 4.1.3(9), 4.3.10), but does not specify a solution. During most emergencies, the preferred method of egress — elevators — are out of service for safety reasons. The EVAC+CHAIR® serves as an effective means of exiting a multistory building for handicapped or incapacitated individuals. THE EVAC+CHAIR® CAN BE YOUR SOLUTION!