Pressure Sore Prevention & Treatment
Bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers can develop in only 20 minutes and many take up to 6 months to heal. Use our Bed Sore Prevention products to protect those who are confined to a bed or wheelchair; before it is too late.
Bedsore Prevention is the logical and most humane method you have of caring for those confined to a bed or wheelchair. Improved comfort after hip and knee replacement surgery is remarkable.
Bedsores need not develop and 95% of the time, can be prevented.
American Family Physician, October 1996: v54, n5, p1519 (14).
Down-Under Wool has been the benchmark for quality and service in this industry since 1988. Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, we want to make sure that you receive the products best suited to your need.
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It is not difficult to understand why sores can develop on heels, the tail-bone and elbows. Here, frail skin meets the unyielding surface of a bed or chair and the circulation is impaired. Tissues are deprived of blood, the skin breaks down and a pressure sore / ulcer develops.
Economical and effective Bedsore & Pressure Sore Prevention and Treatment is now possible with the use of Australian HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin, Pressure Smart XD and Merino Wool products. These products have been proven effective in clinical trials and are approved by the FDA, CE and TGA.
Australian HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin products offer those confined to a bed or wheelchair an economical level of 24/7 protection and will also improve the user's sense of well-being and comfort. HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskins and Pressure Smart XD products are also suitable for use by incontinent clients - all other sheepskin products break down in the presence of urine.
There is a reason why some products are cheaper! And the reason is that they are not authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins. In other words they are not the BEST!
BE AWARE! Not all green Medical Sheepskins in the marketplace are the same. Those without the Stamp (see image below) are not Authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins. That means they may not be Urine Resistant, may have a lower pile density, poorer washability and reduced longevity of usefulness and are not guaranteed- in other words "they do not meet the Australian Standard(AS4480.1 1998) for medical sheepskins."
Only Authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins are regulated, guaranteed and FDA, TGA, CE approved.
There are no better skeepskins available than authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins. Authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins are guaranteed for 50 washes when washed in Woolskin. HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskins ( with the stamp ) are "top-of-the-line"- only 5% of all sheepskins tanned in Australia are good enough to warrant this stamp.
Summer! A common misconception is that "wool and sheepskins are hot in summer". In fact, the converse is true. Wool is an excellent insulator and stops the heat from your mattress or chair from passing to your body. Wool also wicks perspiration away from your skin, making you feel dry and cooler. This all means that our products will make the user more comfortable in summer.
Winter! Most people understand that wool is a good insulator; making it the ideal fibre for use during the winter. Wool insulates so that body heat is not lost. Wool helps to create a constant body temperature and an enhanced feeling of well-being.
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1. Bedsore/Pressure sore Prevention Packages ( M104, M104XD, M120, M200, M200XD or M107): for complete body protection: BEST
These packages ( see pictures below) include one or more HiTemp Urine Resistant Sheepskins ( M102 or SC104XD) that will protect the user from the shoulders to below the buttocks or the whole body. The Pressure Care Assistant ( M103XD) is usually placed at the bottom of the bed to protect the heels and ankles; being kept in place by flaps of linen that are wrapped under the mattress. All products are urine resistant and are recommended for incontinent users. Also included is a bottle of Woolskin for laundering these products. This is sufficient Woolskin to wash the M102 + M103XD five times.
M102 M102XD M103XD
W103 SC104XD SC104 M105XD
- Bedsore Prevention Package (M104) = $300.00 + M101 + M103XD + W103B ( save $19.95 + free shipping..approx $30.00)
Bedsore Prevention Package ( M104A) = $360.00 = M102 + M103XD + W103B ( save $30.00 + free shipping..approx $30.00 )
- Bedsore Prevention Package XD( M104XD) = $345.00 = M102XD + M103XD + W103B(save $54.95 + free shipping..approx 30.00)
- Superior Pressure Sore Prevention Pacakge( M200) = $550.00 = SC104 + W103E ( save $65.00 + free shipping..approx 40.00)
- Superior XD Pressure Sore Prevention Package( M200XD) = $495.00 = SC104XD + W103E (save $60.00 + free shipping ..approx $40.00)
The Deluxe Bedsore Prevention Package( M107) = $545.00 = SC104XD + M129C + W103 (save $35.00 + free shipping..approx $50.00)
Wheelchair Pressure Sore Prevention Package( M120) = $380.00 = 2 x M105XD + M125G + M126G + W103B ( save $40.95 + free shipping ..approx $40.00)
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2. New Wool Technology from Australia:
New technology has produced the Pressure Smart XD1900 product line. The feel, texture and pile density of these products is remarkable. They feel, behave and look like top quality sheepskin, but are much easier to look after than sheepskin. And, they are guaranteed for 50 washes in Woolskin.
Pressure Smart XD1900 products are made from 100% Australian Merino Wool. These wool products, with a 30mm pile, have a pile density greater than most sheepskins - up to 1900 g/square metre. The pile density of sheepskins vary significantly from one to another; most being much less than this.
All Pressure Smart XD1900 products have this extra dense 1900g/square metre pile of Merino wool with the hand or feel of natural sheepskin. Pressure Smart XD1900 products are proven to effectively redistribute pressure, reduce shear and friction and successfully wick moisture, which all work to prevent skin damage and ulceration. and are FDA approved
Pressure Smart XD1900 products offer:
- Pressure Reducing Capability: Greater cushioning in pressure sensitive areas such as the tailbone area, heels, elbows, ankles and buttocks. Creates 61% reduction in peak pressure.
- Shear and Friction Management: The wool fibres ability to contour and cushion the body reduces resistance. The Pressure Smart XD1900 surface creates a 38% reduction of shear and friction.
- Moisture Management: Wool absorbs up to 30% of its weight in water, which means that the skin is kept dry; moisture is wicked away. Wicks moisture away from the skin at nearly the rate developed in Australian Medical grade sheepskins.
- Machine Wash and dry: Easy care and remarkable longevity without loss of therapeutic action. Machine wash and dry.
- Thermal Control Capabilities: Effectively regulates body temperature and can therefore be used in summer and winter.
- Natural Odour Prevention: Wool is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
Pressure Smart XD1900 products:
3. Superior HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Pad (SC104): $540.00
The Superior HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Pad provides the ultimate in whole body protection from bedsores and pressure sores. The best parts of 3 premium grade HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins are sewn together to produce a machine washable pad- 30" x 60". This makes them large enough to provide protection from head to toe. This product is most effective when the skin is in direct contact with the wool.-24/7
Also available is the Pressure Smart XD 1900 Superior Overlay- $480.00.( SC104XD). These are the same size ( 30" x 60"), have up to twice the amount of wool, are machine wash and machine dry- making them easier to care for than the corresponding sheepskin. Urine Resistant too.
Pressure Smart XD Superior Overlays are included in our Deluxe Pressore Sore Prevention Packages.
Because these premium HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskins have been tanned for urine resistance, they are the only sheepskins suitable for use by incontinent clients- all others will quickly break down. Down-Under Wool warrants that this product will maintain its properties for at least 50 washes; provided that Woolskin- the Sheepskin Shampoo & Conditioner, is used. Woolskin contains Tea Tree Oil- a natural disinfectant, fungicide and dust mite killer.
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4. The HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin Underlay (M106): from $640.00
HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins Underlays, to fit all bed sizes, are now available from Down-Under Wool. After many requests, we now have underlays that cover the whole mattress- from Twin to King size beds.
The HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin Underlay is made from the very best Merino fine-wool lambskin available. They are Urine Resistant, making them suitable for incontinent clients and are HiTemp washable- enabling thermal and chemical disinfection. HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Underlays are most effective if you lie directly on the wool. Otherwise, cover with a fitted sheet.
Held in place with elastic corner straps, the Medical Sheepskin Underlay will provide the ultimate in comfort and pressure sore prevention. These underlays allow freedom of movement and Pressure Sore Prevention at the same time. HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin is approved by the FDA to be a "Pressure Care Product for General Hospital use.
HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Underlays provide protection against pressure sores, bedsores and decubitus ulcers. The HiTemp UR pile is plush, comforting and effective. And, what's more, they cover the whole bed. So, movement and protection are synonymous. Click on M106 to Order or for more information. Enjoy FREE Shipping and Handling of this product in continental North America. UPS Overnight delivery is available to US and Canadian addresses at extra cost.
Available in 4 bed sizes: Click Underlay to order
Twin: 99 x 190 cm = 39" x 75" = $ 640.00
Double: 137 x 190 cm = 54" x 75" = $ 720.00
Queen: 152 x 203 cm = 60" x 80" = $ 940.00
King: 198 x 203 cm = 78" x 80" = $ 1200.00
5. Wheelchair Pressure Sore Prevention Package ( M120): save $61.00
This package ( see picture below) includes two Cushion-It Wheelchair Seat Pads( M105)- one for the seat and the other for the back. They are held firmly in place by sturdy Velcro straps. Also included, are green HiTemp Medical Sheepskin Wheelchair Arm Pads (M124) and Footplate Covers (M126). A bottle of Woolskin is included to care for these machine washable products. There is enough Woolskin in the bottle to wash this package 8 times.
-TWO Cushion-It Wheelchair Pads (M105): made from HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin. Fully adjustable Velcro straps keep the Cushion-It securely in place. One Cushion-It is placed on the back of the wheelchair, the other on the seat. +
-HiTemp Wheelchair Arm Pads-pair ( M125 ): plush Medical Sheepskin under the arms of the client; provide a soft protective layer. +
-HiTemp Wheelchair Foot Plate Covers-pair(M126) protect and comfort bare feet. +
-Woolskin ( W103) : the detergent developed by the tanning industry for the cleaning, disinfection and conditioning of sheepskin.One bottle will wash this package 8 times.
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6. Medical Sheepskin Wheelchair Pads:
Australian Medical Sheepskin wheelchair pads prevent pressure sores from developing in people who use a wheelchair. These high pile density pads are Merino sheepskins- the best there is.
Available as a 17' x 18" Seat Pad in HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin ( M128AS) or as a full chair pad- 18" x 36" ( M128BS) that will cover the seat and the back of the chair. Both pads are held in place by elastic straps. Machine wash in Woolskin to ensure disinfection and conditioning of the leather back of the sheepskin.
For arm protection, use Medical Sheepskin Wheelchair Arm Covers ( M125 ). Two machine washable strips of sheepskin are held on to the wheelchair arm with Velcro straps- 14" long. Wash with Woolskin.
For foot comfort and protection, use Sheepskin Foot Plate Covers- M126. Wash with Woolskin.
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7. Hospital Nursing Fleece Pads
The Hospital Nursing Fleece offers the benefits of wool in many sizes. To produce The Hospital Nursing Fleece, wool is shorn from the sheep and knitted into a backing material; creating a surface that looks and feels like a sheepskin fleece. The premium quality very fine Merino wool in Nursing Fleece has all of the properties of wool, making it so effective. Hospital Nursing Fleece pads will reduce pressure, skin moisture and friction- the 3 major causes of pressure sores, bedsores and decubitus ulcers. All products are machine washable. Best care is provided by washing with Woolskin.
Hospital Nursing Fleeces are not limited by the size of sheep and are available in sizes suitable for a bed or wheelchair. Hospital Nursing Fleece Pads( F103A, F103B and F103C) have a breathable waterproof membrane bonded to their under surface; making them ideal for incontinent clients. Nursing Fleece pads protects the user and the underlying mattress at the same time.
Hospital Nursing Fleeces:
- F102 - 35"x 80" The Hospital Bed Nursing Fleece: $250.00
- Waterproof & breathable Nursing Fleece pads for bed and wheelchair :
- F103A - 32 x 60" Hospital Fleece Bed Pad :: $195.00
- F103B - 20 x 36" Hospital Fleece Wheelchair Pad: $90.00
- F103C - 18 x 20" Hospital Fleece Wheelchair Seat Pad: $60.00
These 18" x 20" Pads are ideal Pet Pads; providing the benefits of wool for your pet and protection for the underlying surface. Hospital Nursing Fleeces are very durable; being machine wash and machine dry. The F103B is often used as draw sheet; protecting fragile skin during patient transfers.
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A bedsore or pressure sore can develop into a Stage 4 ulcer; like the one shown below:
You can prevent this from happening with the judicious use of Australian Medical Sheepskin products.
8. Wool Duvets and Wool Pillows
SnugSleep duvets offer the advantages of wool for a good night's sleep every night. Light, breathable and warm, these duvets add a new level of luxury. Encased in breathable 200 count percale unbleached cotton, wool provides insulation and body moisture control. For more information, click: Duvet . To order click: Order
Snugsleep Wool Knop Pillows offer the advantages of wool and are mouldable to the shape you like. These pillows will keep your neck and head dry, giving you a good nights sleep every night!. This means you will wake up refreshed and free from the stiff neck caused by body moisture evaporating from the neck area. For more information, click Pillow . To order, click: Order
9. MiniJumbuk SuperWool Underlays- T, D, Q and K: Machine Washable:
Placing a MiniJumbuk SuperWool luxurious underlay on your mattress and covering it with a fitted sheet will give you a great nights sleep- every night.
Memory foam mattresses can cause users to feel hot while sleeping. This can be prevented by covering the mattress with a SuperWool Underlay. Available in all bed sizes. For more information and to order, click: Order Underlay
Our HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin products and Pressure Smart XD1900 products are FDA approved for "General Hospital and Personal Use". They also have Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration approval (TGA) and the CE mark in Europe. All of these agencies have approved the use of these medical devices for the prevention, relief and even the healing of pressure ulcers, bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers. Bedsore, Bedsore Prevention, Medical Sheepskin and Wool-Pile products can be seen in our Catalogue. For exclusive Shear Comfort Pressure Care Products click Shear Comfort.
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Use Australian Medical Sheepskin and Merino Wool products to:
prevent and aid the healing of bed sores, pressure sores and pressure ulcers
add comfort and enhance the total body well-being of those confined to a bed or wheelchair.