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Pelican-Announce - April 2004

Pelican Hip Protectors Pass the Test

In conjunction with Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, WA, we have recently completed biomechanical impact testing on our Hip Protectors. The testing was done using a wooden 'Greater Trochanter' with a thin foam 'skin'. A 33kg weight was dropped from a consistent height 3 times to get an average impact force of 6100kN. Many different shapes and a couple of different materials were tested with excellent results. According to a European study, the fracture point for a 71 year old woman falling sideways is 3100kN, and our current Hip Protectors registered under 2900kN. At the time we also tested a special impact resistant foam which we did not think would be very good, but in fact it registered a lower force than our regular Hip Protectors - under 1800kN. We are now evaluating introducing this new 'Super Soft' foam as a standard item and hopefully it should be ready soon. For more information on the impact test please click here.

Stand-Up Alarms

The Stand-Up Alarms we introduced recently are selling well. We are now confident that they are reliable and should give worthwhile service. We have been told of some other brands only lasting three months, but as with all Pelican products our Stand-Up Alarms should last a lot longer than three months. It is hard to estimate how long they will last until they have been used for longer.

We have heard a few stories of the kinds of people these items are useful for. One story was of a resident in a hostel who would wake up during the night, put her sunglasses on and go for a walk outside. Another story is of a gentleman who likes to start fires at night. Finally we were told of a resident who would get out of bed and try to smother other residents. Obviously if a Bed Alarm had been in place the staff would have had an early warning.

Can you help?…

Are there any products you would like to be made? Over the years we have had many suggestions for items to help care for patients. If you wish "if only I could…" please let us know.


The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) is increasing the types of products that need to be registered. Pelican have now submitted most of the items we manufacture for registration, so we will be in compliance with the FDA government legislation.

Your colleagues…

We have been sending out this Pelican-Announce eNewsletter for about 18 months now. The recipients are always grateful for the information we put in it. If you think that any of your colleagues may be interested in also receiving this, please let them know about it. To be added to the list, simply enter the email address in the space provided on the left-hand side of our website.

Did you know…

  • 99.25% of people spell "hmm" with 2 m's.
  • In the 1500's in England, baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of using the clean water first, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children and last of all the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence, the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

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 we 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.


Tom Bromberger                                           
PELICAN Manufacturing Pty Ltd
'Pelican's Nest'
5 Ruse Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
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