Why Pelican Solutions?

After an oil tanker collided with a fuel barge on the Mississippi River near New Orleans in July 2008, a salesperson decided to help with the cleanup effort and tested the eco-friendly product he was in town to sell on an oil-encrusted brown pelican. Such bird cleanings typically required a dozen washings with mild detergent, but after one spray of this salesman’s product, the oil slid off the pelican and it flew away to safety in less than 30 minutes. Researchers remembered the story of this New Orleans miracle, and after further refinement of this water-based, non-toxic, environmentally benign product, named their company Pelican Solutions.

Welcome to Pelican Solutions

Pelican Solutions represents a breakthrough in the long-range reduction and removal of micro-bacterial organisms, offering a range of all-natural, non-toxic products that have been proven safe and effective across multiple platforms and applications.

Pelican Solutions promises a revolutionary and practical program for your business, advancing a healthier and more productive workforce with less exposure to infection, stronger business profitability through lower liability exposure, and a cleaner, greener environment at both the macro and micro levels.

We are your LOGICAL Solution to a safer, healthier, more financially successful future, and we invite you to explore this site to learn more.

 

 

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Don’t Pick Up These Hitchhikers

Prudent decision-making behind the wheel says to never pick up hitchhikers.  Why let a perfect stranger into your car, with access to your money, your vehicle, even your life?  It just doesn’t make sense to invite that sort of trouble.

But there’s a hitchhiker stalking us – and they’re especially numerous and prevalent this time of year.

They’re fruit flies, which become tremendously abundant in number from August through October, as fruits and vegetables become ripe and mature.  Shoppers unwittingly bring produce inside their homes, occasionally giving fruit flies in various life stages a free ride inside, as well.  Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: No Reason to Stick Around

The fruit fly offers a truly bothersome dichotomy.

It’s tiny, barely large enough to notice, as it flits around.  Yet it’s one of the most destructive and costly forces for anyone working in the food service industry to deal with.  The challenge comes in addressing this puny pest before it ruins one’s produce inventory, leading to wasted purchases and higher costs.

Studies conducted in 2013 at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky indicated that the secret to controlling the fruit fly population is to control the environment where they like to congregate.  Fruit flies are attracted to food sources as indicated by odor and sugar residue from beverage machines and drains, as well as by the odor of grease, and rotting fruits and vegetables.  Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: H1N1 Virus Makes a Resurgence in 2014

Federal health officials recently reported that a resurgence of the H1N1 strain of flu virus this season contributed to nearly 10,000 hospitalizations in the U.S.

More than 9,500 influenza-related hospitalizations were reported this season, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with nearly two-thirds of cases occurring among those between the ages of 18 and 64. Among those hospitalized, 88% reportedly had the deadly H1N1 virus, the same flu strain that the World Health Organization initially estimated was responsible for 18,000 deaths worldwide during 2009′s flu pandemic. Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: MRSA Makes Itself at Home

A new study from the Columbia University Medical Center states that the antibiotic-resistant “superbug” MRSA virus – long thought restricted to hospitals, athletic facilities, and military bases – has now extended its reach into American homes.

An article posted by HealthDay magazine reads, in part, that the Columbia researchers “found evidence that people’s homes were ‘major reservoirs’ of a MRSA strain called USA300 — which is the chief cause of community MRSA infections across the United States.”  The study examined 161 New York City residents who contracted MRSA infections between 2009 and 2011, with results of the research concluding that the virus has become endemic in households. Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Patient Infection Trends Remain Unclear

According to a March 26, 2014, article in The New York Times, the number of infections Americans acquire during hospital stays every year has declined over the last decade – yet, at the same time, the source of the report calls into question the true picture of patient infections because of the limited scope of the study.

The article cites results from a recent report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that about 1 in every 25 patients contracted an infection while in the hospital in 2011, versus 1 in 20 as estimated in prior studies.

However, a CDC official said in the article that while some improvements may be seen among patients within hospitals, other significant forces were at work, such as the fact that more than 60 percent of operations are performed outside of hospitals, in outpatient facilities like orthopedic surgery centers, and much of the care that used to happen in hospital wards is shifting to nursing homes. Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Water Won’t Wash This Problem Away

They’re tiny, but terrible.  Infinitesimal, but infiltrating.  Pesky, but persistent.  They are the bane of the food service industry.  Fruit flies.

And once they’ve invaded, they can be tremendously tough to get rid of.  Yet surrender is not an option.  They have to go.  Otherwise, they can cause a variety of health and sanitation problems for staff and even customers.  But how to evict the little buggers?

Most restaurants and food service operations make the same mistake, relying on water to rinse the problem away.  But all that does is exacerbate the problem, because it’s the sheer volume of water and food available in a food preparation environment that leads to perfect conditions for thriving populations of fruit flies.  Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: The Anti-Bacterial Bandwagon

Minimizing infections from bad bacteria has long been a concern, even dating back to ancient societies like the Greeks and Egyptians.Over the past two decades, the anti-bacterial industry has produced consumer products to provide ever-increasing levels of protection from germs – almost to the point of saturation of the market.

In a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, even a manufacturer of copper sinks, cabinet fixtures, and other home improvement products has begun marketing its goods as anti-bacterial, thanks to a copper alloy, MD-Cu29, which has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to destroy bacteria.  Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Germs In Flight

As you board an aircraft, you become part of a captive audience.  There isn’t much one can do at 30,000 feet to step outside in an attempt to get away from germs and bacteria – whether the source is a coughing, sneezing fellow passenger or a contaminated surface.

An article in The Wall Street Journal from 2011 titled “Where Germs Lurk on Planes” said, “viruses and bacteria can live for hours on some surfaces – some viral particles have been found to be active up to a day in certain places.  Tray tables can be contaminated, and seat-back pockets, which get stuffed with used tissues, soiled napkins and trash, can be particularly skuzzy.  It’s also difficult to know what germs are lurking in an airline’s pillows and blankets.”  Read more »

News & Views from Pelican Solutions: Lessons from the Classroom

Here’s a fact you might not know: Classroom interiors have the highest levels of bacteria – 20 times more than a doctor’s office.

Most teachers (56 percent) working at the elementary school level (K-6) believe that the fall back-to-school season is the most dangerous time for their own immune systems.

Fully 80 percent of germs are spread by touching classroom surfaces, and within 30 minutes, the average child touches 300 surfaces.

These are only a few of the highlights of the Bounty & Puffs Teacher Survey, conducted last June by Wakefield Research, and cited in the Fall 2013 issue of NEA Today magazine.  The study surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. elementary school teachers about health and safety in the classroom, and the results were startling. Read more »