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Pelican-Announce - September 2004

Stand Up Alarms…

These alarms continue to be appreciated for the benefit of non-restraining. We have had some problems with light weight people not having sufficient weight to maintain enough pressure on the contact sheets. We have now redesigned the inside of the bed pads to be effective for the lightweight patient. Click on the links below for more information on each of the four types:

Stand-Up Bed Alarm
Stand-Up Bed Nurse Call Alarm
Stand-Up Chair Alarm
Stand-Up Floor Nurse Call Alarm

Hip Protectors update…

We have completed development of the latest type of Hip Protector Pad. There are now three types available. All three styles of Hip Protector were biomechanically tested and all recorded under the estimated fracture threshold.

  • (Item # 179P) White, Round - the original, firm, flexible foam that is washable.
  • (Item # 179SS) Green, Square - 'Super Soft' - a softer, more comfortable foam that covers a larger area - offers the best impact absorption, but is not washable as it can disintegrate.
  • (Item # 179SSW) White, Square - 'Super Soft Washable' - has four layers of differing density foam to give the excellent impact absorption.

Click here to see the results of a recent university test we conducted. Remember, if you would like to trial these Hip Protectors please give us a call on our FreeCall 1800 641 477.

Smoking Protector update…

The Smoking Protector is designed to be worn by people when smoking so that if the cigarette is dropped on their laps, it will protect the person's clothes. Click here for more information.

New Product - Sliding Trolley Sheet…

We were asked to design a new horizontal transfer sheet for a large hospital in the United States of America. This has been developed from the Slide Board Mat, item 584. The US hospital did not want the soft foam that is used inside the Slide Board Mat, but they did like the long pulling straps. We have now redesigned the item and added pulling straps to both sides, so the sheet can be left in position during a procedure, then pulled back onto the trolley, bed, etc.. Click here for more information.

Custom made slings…

Remember that we can custom make slings for your requirements. We do have many different designs available and most people are happy with one of these standard designs. However, if you do need a special sling made up then give us a call - we are happy to help. Our standard sling designs can be found by clicking here.

Bed Rail Protector…

The Pelican Bed Rail Protectors continue to be a very popular item. They cover the bed rails to help stop patients getting their legs/arms/heads caught in the bed rails. On the inside there is a wipeable heavy duty material, and on the outside is a printed material, which makes the bed look 'homely' from the outside. Inside the cover is a relatively high density foam insert. See some important information in the section below about Bed Rail Protectors.

News from around the world…

In a New York hospital a patient died after being given an incorrect blood sample in surgery. A blood sample was earlier taken but from a different patient, as they had swapped beds so she could be closer to the window.

In Scotland a nursing home fire resulted in the deaths of 14 residents. It was Britain's worst fire disaster of its kind, and has led to new calls for all facilities to have detectors installed.

We heard recently of a patient in England rolling and getting entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side rail. The patient unfortunately died and the Nursing Home was fined about $20,000 for not taking enough care. This type of accident has also happened many times in the USA as the mattress sides can weaken where people sit on the side of the bed. Please always look at the patient when they are sleeping to make sure they are in the middle of the mattress. This is particularly important when using Bed Rail Protectors and Zip-A-Beds.

In a nurse in the eastern states had an allergic reaction from wearing latex gloves. Because air-conditioning spreads latex particles, following the reaction she could not cope with air-conditioned spaces, which also ruled out travelling in trains, taxis, buses or aircraft. She was awarded more than $428,000 in compensation.

For a laugh…

A nursing assistant, floor nurse, and charge nurse from a small nursing home were taking a lunch break in the break room. In walks a lady dressed in silk scarves and wearing large polished stone jewellery.

"I am 'Ginner the Great'," stated the lady. "I am so happy with the way you have taken care of my grandmother that I will now grant each of you one wish!" With a wave of her hand and a puff of smoke, the room was filled with flowers, fruit and bottles of drink, proving that she did have the power to grant wishes before any of the nurses could think otherwise.

The nurses quickly argued among themselves as to which one would ask for the first wish. Speaking up, the nursing assistant wished first. "I wish I were on a tropical island beach, with single, well-built men feeding me fruit and tending to my every need." With a puff of smoke, the nursing assistant was gone.

The floor nurse went next." I wish I were rich and retired and spending my days in my own warm cabin at a ski resort with well groomed men feeding me cocoa and doughnuts." With a puff of smoke, she too was gone.

"Now, what is the last wish?" asked the lady.

The charge nurse said, " I want those two back on the floor at the end of the lunch break."

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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