Pelican-Announce - April 2002
I would like to extend my apologies to those of you who could not open the Instruction Sheets last issue. You should be able to just click on the highlighted product names to view the Instruction Sheet. To do this you will need to have HTML selected on your computer, if after this you are still having trouble then send us an email and we will send the Instruction Sheets to you the old fashioned way.
As some of you have probably already found out Tom has left Pelican to travel the world. Tom left at Easter to go to New Zealand, U.S.A, Canada, Great Britain, and Europe.
The Hip pads are still in development and we hope that a major hospital will soon be doing some Bio-mechanical testing on them to ensure that they work. It is hard for us to throw ourselves on the floor with the intention of breaking a hip or two. As soon as we are happy, with the testing, we will contact those people who offered to do some testing.
Slide and Turn Sheet…
We have recently started to develop a Slide and Turn Sheet that can be left permanently on the bed. It will eliminate that extra manual handling task of turning the patient to place the Bed Slide Sheet under them. These sheets are being tested at some Nursing Homes and hopefully we will be able to start manufacturing them soon as the patent application has been completed. In the meantime please contact us if you would like some more information.
After the recent articles in the Newspapers regarding restraining we would just like to remind you to please ensure all restraints are fitted correctly to all patients and ensure that it is the correct restraint for that patient. Please also ensure that you follow your facility's Policy on Restraints and the instructions that come with all our restraints. We suggest some staff members be appointed as Patient Safety Officers, who can educate the staff on the correct restraint and the correct fitting. Click here to view the Restraints and Safety Products Brochure.
In a newsletter recently I read something that I, having worked in a nursing home, like many others working in aged care would agree with it stated " I often think that care of older people involves a lot of 'crossed fingers' and hope. At a nursing I was at recently when asked if anyone had been involved in a death resulting from a restraint one of the nurses said "No" and when asked "Why not" she stated "Good Luck." Please do not rely on good luck, ensure the restraints are used correctly.
Another Success Story…
Last week we had a desperate phone call from Tasmania regarding lifting slings. The Cerebral Palsy patient has always been difficult to lift in a sling. They had tried several slings and found the Premier Sling very good for her. However, she is now starting to go into extension and the staff were afraid that she was going to fall out of the sling. The O.T. who rang was very wary when we suggested the Bosun's Chair Sling but was willing to give it a try. The sling was delivered the following morning and needless to say it worked.
The OT could not believe how supportive the sling was and how well behaved the patient was in it. When the sling has been used for a couple of months to get the patient and the staff used to it, they will try dressing and undressing her in the sling for the toilet and after showering, as the Bosun's Chair Sling gives a lot of support for very dependant patients and has been particularly useful with Cerebral Palsy and stroke victims and this will eliminate two unnecessary lifts.
We would like your feedback. We have had a lot of people tell us that they tumble dry our products made from nylon; Slings, Slide Sheets, Bed Roller Sheets etc. On our items we say not to tumble dry. After a recent discussion with a laundry supervisor it has been determined that some of our items may possibly be tumbled on a delicate, low heat setting of between 125/145 °C for 15 minutes.
Please remember that all tumble dryers need to cool down before loading man-made fabrics as if the drum is still hot the temperature may be enough to melt the fabric or damage the product.
Before we change the instruction sheets can you please give us some feed back if you have tumble dryed our products. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Pelican Port Competition…
February's Pelican Port competition winner is Wanda Stephens from the TAFE - Dubbo College in N.S.W. Wanda your bottle will be sent out shortly. To enter this month's draw please reply to this email and write "Pelican Port Competition - April" as the subject heading.
For a laugh…
Top 20 Newspaper Ad Bloopers (No. 10 - 1 the rest will be in May's issue)
Well, that's about all for this month's edition of Pelican - Announce. Remember, if you know anyone who you think might like to be added to the Pelican - Announce list and receive this newsletter, ask them to contact us and I can add their name. Keep in mind that we can now email instruction sheets in pdf format, so let us know if you need any more information on any products. If you ever need any help, advice, or have any comments to make, you can always FreeCall us on 1800 641 577, FreeFax us on 1800 641 477, or email We would be happy to hear to from you.
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