Product information

The Ski Sheet allows carers to evacuate non-ambulant patients in emergencies, while safely and securely cocooned within their mattress.

Discover the Ski Sheet

The Ski Evacuation Sheet is widely recognised, within the healthcare sector, as a vital aid to the mattress evacuation of very sick or disabled individuals from hospital wards and care homes, in an emergency.

Manufactured by Hospital Aids since the early 1980’s, the Ski Sheets was one of the original aids for mattress evacuation from hospital wards, alongside evacuation straps.

Ski Sheets have been used to successfully evacuate patients during some very high profile fires. The best example of which was the Royal Marsden Hospital Fire, in London, January 2008, when a complete evacuation of the hospital was required. This included evacuation of the ICU and operating theatres, where one patient was undergoing extensive surgery.

Staff at the hospital evacuated more than 40 patients from the fourth floor, on their mattresses, using Hospital Aids Ski Sheets. The full evacuation of the hospital was completed in 28 minutes due to fantastic staff teamwork, leadership, pre-planning and the presence of Ski Sheets available under each bed.

How does it work

Ski Sheets are an ideal solution to mattress evacuation in settings such as hospitals, as they remain in place, attached unobtrusively under the individual’s mattress, at all times, and are instantly accessible when evacuation is needed.

No need to transfer the patient off of their mattress, simply strap and go!

In an emergency, the cross straps are simply removed from their storage pockets, secured over the patient and then tightened to create a slight ‘U’ shape with the mattress. The user is then off the bed by two members of staff using the end pulling handles and towed to a point of safety – even down flights of stairs.

The Ski Sheet is made from a strong nylon material, which allows the sheet to move well over interior surfaces. Creating a ‘U’ shape with the mattress (when tightening the straps) not only helps to cocoon the user within their mattress but also reduces the area of friction with the ground. This helps to make manoeuvring the Ski Sheet more controllable and less strenuous for the carers.

For more detailed information on how to use a Ski Sheet please refer to the user guide and product video.

Safety instructions

The Ski Sheet has been safety tested to a maximum weight of 250kg (39 stones), although the maximum load to be pulled downstairs should be recommended by your manual handling advisors.

It is advisable that a minimum of two people handle the Ski Sheet. As a general rule, the maximum weight being pulled should not be more than that of the combined weight of the handlers - two 9 stone people will not be able to pull a 39 stone patient.

Each patient will have his or her own handling plan and this should be considered before moving any patient using this equipment.

Beware of cheap imitations: The genuine Ski Sheet is fitted with seat-belt style IMMI buckles in line with NHS requirements and they are also CE approved.

Cleaning and care

To prevent cross contamination, the Ski Sheets should be laundered with every change of bed occupant.

If the sheet becomes lightly marked while in place on the bed, it may be wiped over using antibacterial wipes.

When laundering becomes necessary it is recommended that the buckles should be fastened and the sheet placed in a laundry bag to protect the buckles and prevent any damage to the washing machine drum. Temperatures of up to 80°C can be used and thorough rinsing will ensure that no detergent is left.

Disinfectant may be added to the final rinse if required. Do not use bleach.

The Ski Sheet can be dried in a tumble drier on a low heat or hung out to drip dry.

Providing that the above instructions have been followed, ironing should not be necessary.

Visual checks of the stitching, webbing, buckles and elastics should be made after each wash. If any damage does occur, the sheet will need to be replaced.

Technical specifications

Modified Ski Sheet
Packed size
27cm x 10cm x13cm (approx. when rolled)
196cm X 85cm
Safety tested to
Under 1kg
Recommended safe working load
120kg for two handlers
Nylon sheet
Polypropylene webbing
Metal 'Seat belt style' Buckles with plastic casing
Tricoflex Elastic
Modifications can be made to the ski skeet depending on specific requirements. These include the addition of positioning handles placed at the corner pockets, to enable extra manoeuvrability and an extra cross strap for patient security.
CE marked
Part of the 'SKI' range of evacuation products. 'SKI' is a Registered Trade Mark with in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the EU.
Registered European Union Trade Mark No. 13737135. Registered Great Britain and Northern Ireland Trade Mark No.2560233.

Frequently asked questions

Can you use a Ski Sheet in any building?
Whether or not it is possible to use the Ski Sheet in your specific building depends on the width of the fire doors, corridors and stairwells along with the width of the mattress itself.
If space is limited, mattress evacuation may not be possible and an alternative form of evacuation aid, such as the Ski Pad – also manufactured by Hospital Aids, should be used.
Does the Ski Sheet come in a Bariatric version?
Although the Ski Sheet has been safety tested to 250kg (39 stone) - which is a lot higher than other mattress evacuation aids currently on the market- there is not a bariatric version available. The size of a bariatric mattress itself would make it difficult to manoeuvre. For bariatric patients, an evacuation aid such as the Bariatric EvacMat - also manufactured by Hospital Aids- should be considered.
What happens if the Ski Sheet is used in an emergency?
Once the Ski Sheet has been used in an evacuation, it is recommended that it should be replaced.
Are Ski Sheets ok to use with very elderly or fragile patients?
The Ski Sheet is ideal for use with elderly or fragile patients as there is no patient/resident transfer involved. The patient remains within the bedclothes and is protected by their mattress at all times.
Does a Ski Sheet need Maintenance?
See cleaning and care instructions. Visual Checks should be made after each wash. Should any damage occur to stitching, webbing, buckles or elastics the sheet should be replaced.
Are Demonstrations available?
Free product demonstrations are available throughout the UK, Ireland and in other countries subject to availability of consultants.
Is there any training available?
Training packages are available throughout the UK, Ireland and in other countries by prior arrangement.
Training can be conducted as a group session for all staff or as train the trainer sessions for key members of staff, which can then be cascaded down to other staff members by the trained personnel.

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