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Medical Sheepskin (AS 4480.1)- Prevents Pressure Sores:

Experience new comfort and Pressure Sore Prevention with Australian HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin (AS 4480.1 ) and Merino Wool products. The Australian Standard for Medical Sheepskin- AS 4480.1- is the "GOLD STANDARD" for Medical Sheepskin. The AS 4480.1 stamp, ensures the product has an exclusive set of wool and leather properties together with performance criteria eg: UR ( Urine Resistance), HiTemp wash for disinfection, pile height and density, wool fiber diameter, shrink temperature etc. Australian HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins ( AS 4480.1 ) have been tested in clinical trials and registered with the FDA as "Skin Pressure Protector". Use in a bed and wheelchair to get 24/7 pressure sore prevention and a new level of comfort.


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Australian Medical Sheepskins are machine washable in WOOLSKIN. Manufacturer guaranteed to withstand at least 50 washes. Easy to care for, effective and economical for long term use. Our Medical Sheepskin products provide a breathable, comforting and protective surface that prevents pressure sores, bedsores and decubitus ulcers. Not only that, they are bio-degradable, fire resistant and are from a sustainable resource...they are the BEST

Wool, unlike any other fiber, can absorb moisture up to 33% of its own weight and still feel dry to touch. This unique property makes wool and sheepskin an ideal surface for everyone, including those who perspire a lot or are incontinent.

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Pressure sores frequently develop in the tail-bone area first, followed by the heels. Watch for redness or sensitivity in these areas and use Medical Sheepskin to prevent future pressure sore development. Merino wool, soft and silky, also provides relief for those people who have inflamed joints, pressure points, bedsores, or general "aches and pains".

Medical Sheepskin products are effective because of their ability to reduce shear, pressure and skin moisture ..the 3 major causes of pressure sores, and bed sores.

With aging, skin becomes thin and fragile making it more susceptible to tearing. Shear or tearing forces occur when the skin moves on a surface..the bed sheet or .... Shear is reduced by the low friction surface of a medical sheepskin. Low shear results in less stress on blood vessels, enabling more efficient blood flow to the skin.

Pressure and moisture can also alter the integrity of skin and pressure sores may develop. Each 30mm long wool fiber of a sheepskin acts like a tiny spring. Millions of these work together to reduce body pressure; particularly at pressure points. Wool fibers also wick moisture away from the skin, keeping it dry. All 3 effects promote healthy and intact skin.

Pressure and Bedsore Prevention

Down-Under Wool specialises in the development and supply of Merino wool and Medical Sheepskin products for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Sores, Bedsores and Decubitus Ulcers.

"Bedsores need not develop and 95% of the time, can be prevented." American Family Physician, October 1996: v54, n5, p1519 (14)

Australian Medical Sheepskins AS4480.1 are identifiable by their distinctive medical green color and the AS 4480.1 stamp, bonded to the leather backing. BEWARE: Most green sheepskins offered in the marketplace do not have a stamp nor are they UR (Urine Resistant). Being HiTemp and UR makes a sheepskin compliant with hospital disinfection standards. These are the only sheepskins recommended for incontinent users and are approved Medical Devices in Australia, Europe and the USA.

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Australian Medical Sheepskins provide complete skin care with:

  • Enhanced Comfort
  • Pressure Redistribution
  • Shear and Friction Management
  • Moisture Management
  • Body Thermal Control

If the person you care for is developing redness or is having a pressure sore problem, it is important to act promptly. This is a very serious medical issue and can result in death if left untreated. Bedsores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus ulcers can develop in only 20 minutes and many take up to 6 months to heal. Use these Bedsore Prevention products to maintain the skin integrity of people confined to a bed or wheelchair.... before it is too late. Use of wool bed and chair pads will greatly assist anyone who is confined to a bed or wheelchair. For more information about Pressure sores, Bedsores, and decubitus Ulcers, click here.

Improve your comfort level in bed after hip, shoulder or knee surgery with an Australian Medical Sheepskin.

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.

Summer and Winter

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 heat from your mattress or chair from passing to your body. Wool wicks perspiration away from your skin and then evaporates, keeping dry and cooler. These medical sheepskin products will make the user more comfortable and protected in summer.

Winter! Most people understand that wool is a good insulator; making it the ideal fiber for staying warm. Wool insulates so that body heat is not lost. Wool helps to create a constant body temperature and an enhanced feeling of well being. Wool also protects and prevents pressure sores.