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Pelican Post - July 2006

New Products…

We have a few new accessories for Wheelchairs to announce. Remember to keep checking the New Items page to see our latest products. We do try to let everyone know what we are up to and what is new to the market, but sometimes a new product does sneak up on the website unannounced.

Please note that the special introductory prices of the new items listed below cannot last for long.

New Product - Wheelchair Arm Bag…

Special introductory price $25

This Wheelchair Arm Bag attaches with Velcro to the arm rest of a wheelchair. It has a series of pockets to store reading glasses, books, mobile phones, medication, etc. Because of the wheel on a wheelchair, there is a difference between the left and right Wheelchair Arm Bags. For the wheelchair's left arm, item # 299ABL; for the wheelchair's right arm, item # 299ABR. For more information and pictures click here.

New Product - Wheelchair Tray Table…

Special introductory price $125

This is a hard wearing, lightweight plastic tray with soft elbow pads. The tray rests on top of a wheelchair or normal chair with suitable arms, and attaches with Velcro under the arms of the chair to hold it securely in place. The main part of the tray has a lower cut out section so any liquid will be caught. Item # 299T. A separate belt is available to secure the tray behind the chair but if this is used, the tray will be deemed to be a restraint. For more information and pictures click here.

New Product - Wheelchair Tray Table Bag…

Special introductory price $35

We have also designed a Tray Bag to hang either side of the tray, or even on each side. These bags can hold reading glasses, TV remotes, purses, small books etc. item # 299TB. For more information and pictures click here.

Product Development - Wheelchair/Walking Frame Bag…

The Wheelchair Walking Frame Bags have proven to be very popular and we have had many orders for them, but they are still about 4 weeks away from being ready to be sent out. For more information and pictures click here.

Keyhole Plate Sling accident update…

We recently sent out a letter informing people of possible accidents that could occur when using keyhole plate slings, and the fact that we can supply Keyhole Plate Safety Straps to help prevent injuries if an accident occurs.

In the letter we referred to a sling with 3 broken keyhole plates. We have since inspected the sling and found that it was not a Pelican sling, and we have no indication of the manufacturer. If you would like more information on this sling please contact us. There was no label stating the Safe Working Load, washing instructions, and other information which should be sewn to the sling to comply with the Australian Standard. For more information on our Keyhole Plate Safety Straps click here.

Click here for our Compatibility Statement on using non-hoist manufacturer's slings.

News from around the world…

Catheter King - David Sheridan - Born: New York July 1908 Died: New York 2004

David Sheridan was dubbed the 'catheter king' for his invention of the modern disposable catheter, which helped reduce infection rates around the world. Mr Sheridan, who was a school dropout, had more than 50 patents on medical instruments. He helped found four companies which turned an area of rural New York into what is considered the catheter capital of America.

A 1988 Forbes Magazine article, headlined Catheter King, said: David Sheridan is a throwback to an earlier age when a man without a formal education could tinker and invent his way to a fortune, as Edison or Ford did.

Born David Sokolof in Brooklyn to Russian immigrant parents, he began doing odd jobs in his father's floor finishing business at the age of eight. By 13, he was working full time and at age 22, he started his own flooring business. By 1939 the year he changed his name to Sheridan, he took US$35,000 in savings and started a catheter business with Norman Jeckel, a friend with a chemical degree who wanted to make catheters out of resins he had developed.

Catheters - tubes used in medical procedures to deliver medications and anaesthesia and drain bodily fluids - existed but were usually made in France and the approach of World War II threatened to cut off supplies. Then re-useable Catheters were made of strands of cotton, braided around piano wire moulds, then varnished, heated, ground down and polished.

Within five years, the span of the war, the new catheter company was recognized nationally, posting $1 million in profits. But the partners quarrelled and Sheridan was forced out. He moved to a farm in Argyle, upstate New York, with his new wife Janet, and turned the barn into his laboratory. "I come up with good ideas" he said in 1990. "I'll sit down and think. Experiment."

After the war, Sheridan heard about machines that could melt plastic pellets and, by extrusion, push out plastic forms. He bought one and soon produced plastic catheters so cheaply that they could be thrown away after a single use, reducing the risk of infection.

Later he developed wider ends to allow easy connection of catheters and, inspired by a striped soda straw, added a line of radioactive paint on catheters that was visible on X-Rays.

In 1987, the man who never attended high school received an honorary doctorate in science from Albany Medical Centre for his innovations in medical devices.

Sheridan, who worked until the age of 90, is survived by his wife, four children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

(Reproduced with kind permission of the West Australian Newspaper)

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