The article “Watching Your Back” (November JEMS) discussed how new products are finally being developed to help us move patients in a safe manner. The AlbacMat Rescue Mat by Advanced Egress Solutions is a great example of such a product. This flexible rescue mat is designed to allow as few as one person to safely and effectively move a patient across any surface or terrain, indoors or out. Available in three sizes: standard, large and bariatric, the mat can be used on patients of all sizes, from children to adults up to 1,030 lbs. The bottom of the mat is made of a polypropylene board that slides easily and adds to patient comfort by absorbing any bumps along the way. The built-in foot rest pocket provides comfort for the patient and allows for safe movement up and down stairs. Eleven separate handles add to the versatility of this rescue mat.

Size: 75″ L x 24″ W
Storage dimensions: 14″ x 7″ x 7″
Weight: 4 lbs. 11 oz.

“The Albac Mat is a lightweight drag stretcher with a corrugated plastic bottom. The drag strap allows you to pull a victim across the floor and easily descend stairs.

It is remarkably lightweight and compact. One person can operate it, which could improve speed of the evacuation. For hospital and nursing home evacuations, it would be very useful.

The Bariatric Evacmat works much the same way, but on heavier patients up to 800 pounds. It has the advantage of multiple height grip handles for safer lifting posture. The more rigid bottom greatly reduces friction while the extended sides safely wrap the patient inside.”