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Australian Medical Sheepskin

Medical sheepskins have been a success as a nursing aid for the prevention of pressure ulcers ( bed sores) since the early 1960's. The value and comfort of these products are derived from the wool-pile of a tanned and shorn sheepskin or lambskin. The high density ( number of fibres per square centimetre) of soft, springy resilient wool fibres provide a cushion to distribute the patient's weight and pressure points over a large area. Each fibre acts as a "mini-spring" which deforms to the body contours.

The wool fibres are able to absorb 33% of their weight of moisture without feeling wet. The soft pile surface also reduces friction with skin. These properties result in improved comfort for the patient and reduction in the primary causes of pressure ulcers (bed sores):

  • Pressure
  • Friction
  • Moisture

Medical sheepskins of the past have been used very effectively in the home environment, but were not generally used in hospitals. This was largely because many patients were incontinent and sheepskins did not hold up in these circumstances. Similarly, disinfection was a problem since sheepskins could only be washed in warm water.

At last the deficiencies of previously available medical sheepskins have been solved. As of 1998, a new standard of medical sheepskin was introduced in Australia. The CSIRO, in partnership with industry, developed new technologies that produced the : "Australian Medical Sheepskin " ( Australian Standard AS 4480.1)

Medical Sheepskins are now produced in 2 Qualities:

1.   HiTemp UR  Australian Medical Sheepskins( M102) -   Highest Quality sheepskins available:  BEST
      These specially selected  sheepskins  are chosen because of their very high pile density and wool characteristics. They have been specially tanned to enable washing up to 80oC and drying up to 60oC. These numbers are important for sheepskin and wool disinfection; an important consideration for use with clients who already have bed sores. The letters UR designate that the skin has increased resistance to urine; an important feature for incontinent patients. Sheepskins without this designation will break down in the presence of urine- the leather will crack and the wool will fall out.  Use in the bed and wheelchair for maximum benefit.
2.  Medical Sheepskins  (M101) - Excellent Quality
      These champagne coloured sheepskins are of exceptional quality, having a very soft 30 mm dense pile. They have been double chrome tanned so that they can be washed in warm water. Use woolskin for washing , disinfecting and conditioning these sheepskins.  The M101 is not Urine Resistant and are thus not recommended for clients who are incontinent. The M101 is most effective when placed on the bed and in the wheelchair.
      Medical Sheepskins

M102:          HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin

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As a result of purchasing a HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin, you can be assured that your sheepskin  can be laundered safely ( up  to 50 times during C.S.I.R.O laundry trials and more than 200 times when washed with Woolskin) to achieve high level disinfection that will meet hospital infection control standards.

Disinfection levels and washability can be increased even more with the use of Woolskin: Sheepskin Shampoo and Woolwash.  Woolskin conditions the sheepskin leather with continued use, as well as cleaning and disinfecting the wool.
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Down-Under Wool develops & supplies Medical Sheepskin Products for Bedsore Prevention & Decubitus Ulcer Treatment.

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