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Pelican-Announce - May 2002

I.R.C. Ruling - Restraints…

The Australian Aged Care Housing Weekly News had an article in the May 3rd edition, below is a copy of the article in full.

"Sydney: In NSW the IRC has ruled in a recent case that resulted in a $180,000 fine, that workplace safety legislation takes precedence over other legislation if employees are in danger. The case dealt with provisions of the Mental Health Act as they related to the duty of care of individuals. The judgement raises serious questions about sections of the Aged Care Act for residents who are a risk to staff. Aged Care Queensland is advising providers of aged care that they would do well to err on the side of safety and ensure that residents who suffer from dementia or other conditions and may pose a risk to staff are properly restrained."

This is the first time I have ever seen anything saying that residents should be restrained.

As we make many different restraints for different behavioral problems, we feel that restraining should only be necessary as a last resort. Please contact us if you need any help with this challenging aspect of nursing as we have some non-restraint products that may help instead of needing a full restraint.

New Products…

Slide and Turn Sheets (Item 509) $49.00…

The Slide and Turn Sheets are now available. The big advantage of this product is that it can be left under the patient all night long. This will eliminate having to putting a Bed Slide Sheet in and taking it out, thus eliminating an unnecessary manual handling action. The product can be used to turn the patient from side to side and move them up and down the bed. At $49.00 it is an alternative to the Bed Roller Sheet that does a similar job. The fabric is comfortable to sleep on as John assures me as he slept on it for about a week with no adverse reactions or over heating.

Car Seat Slide Pads (Item 504P) $84.00…

This product was designed to assist getting people getting in and out of cars. It consists of a Top Pad and a Bottom Pad. The Bottom Pad is secured to the car seat and the Top Pad slides over the Bottom Pad to position the person in the car. The Top Pad can then be secured so that the person does not slide around the seat while the car is in motion.

Product Up-Grade…

Leg Warmer $33.00(Poly-cotton)/ $38.00(Polar Fleece)…

The Leg Warmer (Items 288/288C) has changed slightly. Due to some recent requests we have added corner loops to the foot end of the product so that when the patient is in a reclining chair with their feet in an elevated position the loops can be secured around the foot rest. This should stop the patient lifting their feet up or dropping off the side, but still allow them to move their feet and legs inside the Leg Warmer. This product can be very good for those patients who slide down the chairs as the end of the fabric gives them something to rest their feet against and gives them a reminder that they cannot slide down any further. This has added no cost to the item.

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Pelican Port Competition...

April's Pelican Port competition winner is Michael Huxtable from the Loxton Hospital Complex, S.A. Congratulations to Michael who is our first winner from South Australia. Michael your bottle will be sent out shortly. To enter this month's draw please reply to this email and write "Pelican Port Competition - May" as the subject heading.

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'
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Osborne Park WA 6017
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