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Pelican-Announce - February 2002

Updated Item…

The Pelican Bed Side Wedges are designed to help prevent patients from falling out of bed, but they are not a restraint. Some nursing homes have bought concave mattresses that not only cost a lot of money to buy, but they are difficult to store when not being used. The Pelican Bed Side Wedges can be easily stored in a cupboard.

A manual handling trainer said that it is very difficult assisting some patients getting in and out of bed and asked if we could have removable side wedges. We have now altered the design, and the new instruction sheet can be viewed here. Also, we welcome feedback from our customers so if you have any suggestions or improvements please contact us.

Items in development…

We are working on introducing a specially designed Infection Control Sling. We anticipate a simple, standard design, which will be suitable for a range of patient needs, yet better designed to satisfy infection control requirements. This development is a big step forward as far as hospitals & nursing homes are concerned, as infection control issues become more significant and are starting to be given a higher prioritity by Occupation Health & Safety departments.

Over the last few months we have been working with physiotherapists at Royal Perth Hospital Annex to make a Walking Vest Sling. Royal Perth have built a special hoist with a weight scale incorporated in the hoist for partial body-weight support treadmill training. After putting on the Walking Vest Sling, the physiotherapists will adjust the hoist so it is only taking around 20% of the patient's weight. The patient stands on a treadmill underneath the hoist, and some physiotherapists then help to lift and position the patient's feet as the treadmill moves. This Vest Sling will have a limited application, but in the future there may be more developments to assist in rehabilitation.

Please contact us for more information on any of these products.

Pelican Port Competition…

January's Pelican Port competition winner is Michael Woodburn from the Geraldton Health Service in WA. Michael your bottle will be sent out shortly. To enter this month's draw please reply to this email and write "Pelican Port Competition - February" as the subject heading.

Eastern States Demonstration Trip…

Once again, Pelican's Managing Director, John, will be visiting the eastern states from mid February to early March. The planned demonstration locations include: · Melbourne · Burnie · Launceston · Hobart · Port Kembla · Sydney

If you are in any of the surrounding areas you are be more than welcome to sit in on any of the demonstrations. Please contact me or John for more details. This is a great opportunity to see many of the Pelican items in use.

New Staff…

Pelican would like to welcome Ben Roberts to the company. Ben has gained a lot of experience working in nursing homes, and has used some of our products in his work. When you phone us with a query, Ben should be able to help you.

Medically speaking…

  1. In 1927, 2533 objects were removed from the stomach of 42 year-old compulsive swallower Mrs H. Almost half of the objects were bent pins.
  2. In the US a woman swallowed a 5 inch iron hinge from a hospital door. Later, the hinge emerged… and broke the bed-pan!

For a laugh…

· What do you call a Frenchman wearing thongs on his feet? Phillipe Phillop

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. 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

'Pelican's Nest'
5 Ruse Street
Osborne Park WA 6017
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