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Pelican-Announce - March 2002

John's Trip…

As was mentioned in last month's Pelican-Announce John has spent three weeks in the Eastern States meeting and greeting Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and anybody else who was interested in our products. This trip was beneficial as we do not normally get to put faces to the names of all the people we speak to in the Eastern States.

Infection Control…

Manual Handling, Restraining and Non-Restraining items are still a high priority but there is also a lot of concern in regards to Infection Control so we are looking to see if we can do anything to help. In the meantime virtually all of our products can be washed up to 80° C. This temperature should be high enough to reduce most infection control hazards.

Just a quick reminder that if you would like more information on a product click on the product name in light blue.

New Products Under Development…

Lightweight Protectors for Arms…

Recently we have been asked to make some thin protectors for arms to assist people with delicate, fragile skin from shearing and tearing. If you think this item would be of benefit to your patients/residents/clients please email us. The product is called Arm Shearing Sleeve Item 192 and they should be available for sale soon at a price of $18.00 a pair.

Hip Pads…

We have been working on Hip Pads for several years now and at long last hope to have design ready to sell. If anyone would like to help us in trialing the products we would be able to supply some pads free of charge. The pads should be less bulky than others we have seen and should be comfortable enough to sleep in. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Lifting Feet onto Beds…

During John's visit to Victoria he was told that Carers are no longer allowed to lift patient's legs when they are getting into bed. This is because the Carer needs to 'lift'. To overcome this problem some carers crouch down and place a Handi-Lift/Walk-Belt under the patient's ankles, when the Carer stands up they lift the legs at the same time.

Another method was using the Leg lifter Item 232 ($27.00). The patient crosses their feet and uses the Leg Lifter on the lower foot. They can hold the shaft of the Leg Lifter and lift their own legs, so the carer only needs to help them to swivel around and place their feet on the bed.

As some patients are not able to cross their feet we have now introduced Leg Lifter for Two Feet Item 232T ($39.00). Click on the name if you wish to look at the Instruction Sheet. There are two padded sections for the feet and we have included lifting loops on the side of the shaft. The loops help the patients who are not able to hold the shaft and they make it a lot easier to lift the patient's legs and to swivel the patient around. A Pelican Slide Sheet is placed diagonally on the bed, so the patient's bottom sitting on it, making it easier to turn the patient around.

Physiotherapy Products…

  1. Although most of the products we manufacture are for Manual Handling and Pressure Relief we also make a lot of Physiotherapy items. These include:
  2. Ankle Wrist Weight Covers (Item 350, 351, 352)
  3. Back straps (Item 335, 377)
  4. Cervical Rolls (Item 320, 321)
  5. Comfort back braces (Item 363, 362, 360, 361)
  6. Denim back braces (Item 383, 380, 381, 382, 388, 385, 386, 387)
  7. Foot Inverter Strap (Item 303)
  8. Lumbar Rolls (Item316, 313)
  9. Prone Pillow (Item 340)
  10. Sacro-Illiac Belts (Item 300, 301, 302)
  11. Therapy Pool Floaties (Item 371,370)

The Back Support Small (Item 306) is used in wheelchairs to help patients who may lean a little.

Return of Goods for Repair and After Trial…

If you are returning any goods to the factory for repairs or post trial could you please ensure that the goods are in a clean condition. If the goods are being returned for repair then please ensure that they are clean, as it is unfair for our staff to be asked to repair goods that are soiled and this is also contary to our Occupational Health and Safety Policy. If the goods are being returned for credit then please ensure that they are in re-saleable condition. Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated. When returning any goods for any reason, please include a quick note to let us know why you are returning them to help us in future developments.

Pelican Port Competition…

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

Medically Speaking…

In industrialised countries the leading cause of death is arteriosclerosis (thickening of the artery walls) which underlies much coronary and cerebrovascular disease. Deaths from these diseases of the circulatory system total 267 924 in England and Wales during 1989.

For a laugh…

Two paramedics were called to a house to assist a 91 year old man, on the way to the hospital one of the paramedics decides to test how alert the gentleman is,

"Now sir do you have any idea what we are doing now"
The old man looks casually out of the window of the ambulance and states "Oh, around 60 - 65"

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.


Ben Roberts

Pelican Manufacturing

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