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Pelican-Announce - December 2005

Item update…

We have made a change to the instruction sheet of the Car Emergency Slide Board Kit. The change now shows the patient being taken out of the car head first without using any pulling straps. For a copy of the new instruction sheet please FreeCall us on 1800 641 577, or email

Workshop in the Workshop…

In late October we held a demonstration day on the Waverley Glen ceiling hoist. We also used the hoist to demonstrate a new Spinal Cradle Hoist Sling which we are still developing with Cindy Evans who is a Sports Scientist. We are the Western Australian distributor of the hoists, and Harry Labanski, the Eastern States importer flew over for the day. It was a good opportunity for people to see the hoist in action and to see a quadriplegic exercising on the spinal cradle hoist was quite incredible.

For more information on the Hoist please FreeCall us on 1800 641 577.

Using different brand's hoists & slings…

We have had some physios, OTs and nurses contact us regarding using Pelican Hoist Lifting Slings on certain manufacturer's hoists.

The hoist representatives have said that there could be a problem on warranty or insurance claims if there was an accident using a Pelican sling on their hoist.

Please read the new leaflet we are distributing to answer these possibly misleading claims.

There are some practical reasons why the hoist manufacturer's claims could be wrong:

  1. If a hospital or nursing home has plenty of good slings and then decides to purchase a new hoist, they could be told to dispose of their existing slings, and that they must purchase 'same brand' new slings to go on the brand of hoist they buy.
  2. A hospital or nursing home may have five or six hoists, each one made by a different hoist manufacturer. They would not be able to use their hoist, unless they ensure that the correct brand of sling is used on the correct hoist. In a busy hospital where the slings need frequent washing, the correct brand of sling may not be available for use.
  3. Some sling manufacturers may have special features that make their slings more suitable for some patients. If the hospital can only use the hoist manufacturer's slings, the patient may have an uncomfortable or even dangerous list if the hospital is restricted from using other brands of slings.
  4. Sometimes it is necessary to custom make slings for particular people. These people may have intellectual and physical disabilities. The hoist manufacturer may not be able to make a 'one off' specially designed sling, so the facility has no option other than to buy a sling from another sling manufacturer.

Please do not be concerned about this issue. Pelican has been making and selling slings to government and private hospitals, nursing homes and other care organisations for over 15 years without any warranty or claim problems. We have never had any insurance claims.

We have also been repairing other manufacturer's brands of slings, replacing webbing, keyhole plates and other damage caused by misuse or washing machines. We have now installed a weight testing unit to weight test the slings in accordance with the Australian and International Standards AS ISO 10535 - 2002. This inspection and repair service has enabled many slings to continue being used. You can send your slings to us to be inspected and returned with our pass (or fail) certificate.

If you have someone say that only the hoist manufacturer's slings must be used in their hoist, please contact Pelican with their details.

For more information regarding this please contact us on 1800 641 577.


In Ohio it has been reported that falls are now the major cause of serious trauma injury.

Almost half of all serious trauma injuries were caused by falls, compared to just over 20% for car accidents, and about 5% for gunshot wounds. This reflects the national trend of falls being the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the US.

These figures may well be understated, as the current laws do not require hospitals to report isolated hip fractures (ie. only the hip was fractured - no other injuries).

News from around the world…

In Tasmania a woman was burnt to death after going outside a hospital for a cigarette. We always recommend patients or nursing home residents be supervised when smoking. We manufacture Smoking Protectors which cover the lap, but it is important to not have a false sense of security with items like this, as the cigarette may fall next to the patient's legs or on the chair next to their hip.

We have heard about St Mary's Hospital, a nursing home in Ireland which has opened up a pub within the facility. It operates as a normal pub and has increased the number of visitors. Staff believe that the increased social scene in the nursing home will help residents live longer. Hands up all those in favour in seeing this introduced here in Australia!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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
FreeCall 1800 641 577 (Within Australia)
FreeFax 1800 647 477 (Within Australia)
Ph +61 8 9444 4577 (International)

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