If you are interested in Australian Medical Sheepskin, you are in the right place.
Down Under Wool really likes this product - M102C- (image above), because it has a consistent high pile density over the whole surface of the pad, it is larger than the natural shape sheepskin, and it is has a firm silky feel. The M102C is Urine Resistant and HiTemp wash, and is recommended for incontinent users.
Premium quality Australian Medical Sheepskins are unsurpassed by any other sheepskin. If a sheepskin is not dyed green AND does not have AS4480.1 stamped on the leather backing, it is not top quality and probably will not have the therapeutic properties you are looking for. As one customer reviewed recently:
'Your products are better than those cured in China. Worth the extra cost. We have compared both. Thank you.'
Down-Under Wool is a major Canadian importer, supplier and developer of premium quality Medical Sheepskin and Merino Lambswool products. All of our medical sheepskins are real, 100% Australian sustainable products that are natural and clinically proven. Down-Under Wool specialises in the use of Australian Medical Sheepskins for Pressure Sore Prevention. We are specialists in the supply of medical bed underlays. overlays, Merino lambswool products and Medical Sheepskins. Down-Under Wool has developed a reputation, during the last 34 years, for supply of only the very best Australian Lambskin and Medical Sheepskin Products.
Our primary focus has always been on the consistency of product quality and craftsmanship. In order to achieve this, we proudly select and stock only the finest sheepskin and lambskin. As a result of this careful attention, our customers get to enjoy the benefits of premium quality products every time. Moreover, our repeat customers appreciate that the quality of their purchase is the same, every time. Good old fashioned marketing.
Medical sheepskin has been used in nursing homes and hospitals since the early 1960’s. Since then, the Australian Medical Sheepskin AS 4480.1 has been developed. These are recognised by their green colour and the stamp on the leather. This has meant only the best sheepskins are used and only these are HiTemp wash and Urine Resistant. These Medical sheepskins and medical sheepskin pads are from carefully selected sheepskins that have exceptional wool pile densities, making them capable of excellent body support. Our select Medical sheepskins have been trimmed to 30mm for maximum pressure reduction. Research has shown that 30mm is the optimal pile height for maximum pressure reduction. Medical sheepskins are tanned to ensure easy cleaning and disinfection while maintaining the pliability of the leather. This pliability enables a medical sheepskin to conform to any underlying surface; be it a bed, a chair or a foot.
Specialised tanning and finishing results in a sheepskin with smooth, soft and breathable leather backing. Australian Medical Sheepskins are sanitized during the tanning procedure making them microbial resistant. Unlike most sheepskins on the market, Australian Medical Sheepskin (AS4480.1) are guaranteed for 50 washes.
Uses of Medical Sheepskin:
Bed Sore Prevention:
Hospital patients and others confined to a bed or chair have limited mobility and are susceptible to the development of pressure sores, bedsores or decubitus ulcers. Maintaining an individual’s shape and minimizing tissue deformation is essential to the prevention and healing of pressure sores.
Various methods of bedsore prevention have been tried, along with the necessary body turning every 2 hours. Synthetic pads have been found to cause pressure sores, and often produced more harm than good. Medical research and clinical trials have shown that medical sheepskins are one of the most effective and economical barriers used for the prevention of bedsores. Bedsores can start with a reddened area of the skin which may develop into a complex wound that sometimes even reaches the underlying bone. Such injuries can be life threatening due to infection.
These painful and distressing injuries result from continued pressure applied to certain parts of the body, most commonly around the bony protuberances such as the base of the spine, heels and elbows. With the use of conventional mattresses, these areas bear an inordinate amount of body weight and pressure; resulting in pressure points. If the person is unable to move, this pressure build up will reduce the blood supply in capillaries to these areas. Reduced blood flow results in cells dying and tissue damage. Painful and debilitating bedsores or pressure ulcers result.
Other factors that also contribute to the development of bedsores include an excessive amount of moisture which could be due to sweating and friction from rubbing against the bed sheets. Medical sheepskins have been widely used in rehabilitation centers and hospitals across the country being used during and after surgery, debilitating injuries and mainly for the long term care.
Even Weight Distribution:
Even weight distribution is essential for pressure sore prevention. The 30mm pile does this very well when there is a sufficient pile density..an important property of AS4480.1 Medical Sheepskins. The fine wool fibers of the sheepskin are soft and springy allowing the sheepskin to conform easily to a person’s body. This helps in relieving pressure while also improving blood flow.
Maintain Constant Body Temperature:
Along with the ability of the sheepskin to wick moisture and sweat quickly away from the skin, there is a steady air flow between the wool fibers. This air flow or breathability of the sheepskin helps to create a constant body temperature. This means that in the winter you will feel warm and in the summer it will feel cool; resulting in less sweating year round.
Footwear made from Australian Medical Sheepskin has been designed by orthopedic specialists to make sure that they do not have any pressure points that may cause problems for the user. Medical sheepskin is an ideal material for footwear needed by people post surgery and with diabetics with poor circulation. Generous velcro straps enable the perfect fit.
Medically approved Hypo-allergenic bedding:
Sheepskin, a natural sustainable product, is considered hypo-allergenic by the medical profession. This means that it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, unlike other furs or fabrics that are available in the market place. Medical Sheepskin is the safest option if you or your loved one is allergic to any type of fabric or furs. Approved by the FDA, TGA and CE.
The wool fibers embedded in the sheepskin contain lanolin which helps to produce a unique softness. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer and a water-proofing agent. This incredible smoothness feels very gentle on the skin and reduces shear, one of the major causes of bed sores. The fine wool also reduces pressure and wicks skin moisture away from the skin..two of the major causes of pressure sores.
Resilient & durable protection:
The wool fibers of the sheepskin are very strong and they can be bent back and forwards up to twenty thousand times without breaking, making them the strongest of fibers. The springy fibres keep bouncing back into shape, giving continued pressure reduction. Resilient wool fibers and hide strength make medical sheepskin durable and able to withstand more that 200 washes in an industrial laundry.
Urine Resistant: Suitable for Incontinent Users:
Australian Medical Sheepskins (AS4480.1) are not damaged by body fluids and are the only sheepskins suitable for incontinent clients. Blood, urine and feces will damage the leather backing of all non-UR sheepskins.
All of our medical sheepskins can be machine washed in lukewarm water and Woolskin. They should be dried in the open after washing; away from the light or direct heat. Washing the medical sheepskin at a high temperature can lead to more thorough disinfection. Our UR Medical Sheepskin is Urine Resistant and resistant to staining. Woolskin contains Tea Tree Oil, a natural disinfectant, is also effective against dust mites.
Australian Medical Sheepskin pieces are used in wheelchairs, recliners and beds or where needed to increase comfort and to reduce pressure. It is also good for easing arm-pit and hand pressure when using crutches.
Medical sheepskins are a wise investment for a better night’s sleep. Active people rely on a good nights' sleep for complete relaxation and recovery. Medical sheepskins aid this recovery. People who have used our medical sheepskins swear by their ability to enhance sleep.