Medical Sheepskin (AS 4480.1) - for Bed Sore/Pressure Sore Prevention:
The Australian Medical Sheepskin (AS 4480.1) is the "GOLD STANDARD" for Medical Sheepskin. It is unsurpassed for sheepskin quality and performance.
If you are confined to a bed/ recliner or wheelchair, the Australian Medical Sheepskin (AS4480.1) is meant for you. These specialty sheepskins will give you the economical care and comfort you are looking for. Get new comfort and prevent pressure sores at the same time. Overlays are large enough to protect the body from shoulders to below the buttocks. Superior Overlays protect the whole body.
Australian Medical Sheepskins (AS4480.1) are specially chosen Merino sheepskins/lambskins that are selected by the wool classer after tanning. The wool classer looks for skins that have the properties specified by the Australian Standard - AS 4480.1. Once selected, the hide is then shrink tested and further assessed to ensure all Australian Standard criteria are met. On average, 1 in 20 hides meet the Standard and are identified with the AS 4480.1 stamp. These select sheepskins are HiTemp wash and Urine Resistant (UR).
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Maintaining skin integrity is key to preventing pressures sores. 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 further pressure sore development. Medical sheepskins should be used 24/7 to improve comfort and protect healthy skin. Direct skin contact with the wool is BEST. Use in the bed and as a wheelchair insert. Some care givers use one sheepskin in the bed and a second one as a chair insert. Others prefer to transfer the sheepskin from bed to chair..they are easy to manage.
Pressure Sores, Bedsores and Decubitus Ulcers are primarily caused by 3 factors:
* PRESSURE: AS4480.1 Medical Sheepskins successfully prevented pressure sores in clinical trials. It is easy to understand how they do this. Each 30mm wool fiber (there are millions of these in each sheepskin) acts like a mini-spring that deforms when a person lies on it. Thousands of these mini springs depress when you lie on them, reducing body pressure...no more pressure points. Pressure can reduce skin integrity so that pressure sores may develop. Less pressure means better blood circulation and healthy skin.
* SKIN MOISTURE: These same wool fibers wick moisture way from the skin..keeping it dry and intact. Wool can absorb moisture up to 38% of its weight without feeling wet. This makes a sheepskin ideal for all people, including those who sweat a lot, or are incontinent.
* FRICTION & SHEAR: With aging, skin becomes thin and fragile, making it more susceptible to tearing. Shear or tearing can occur when the body moves in a bed or chair. Shear forces are reduced by the low friction wool surface of a medical sheepskin. With less friction there is less stress on skin and blood vessels, resulting in efficient blood flow and healthy skin. Wool greatly reduces the possibility of skin tears, making it safer for patient transfers and surgery.
Prevent and treat bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers, just like the professionals who use Merino WOOL and Medical Sheepskin. Search CATEGORIES to learn how WOOL prevents Pressure Sores.
With 24/7 use of Medical Sheepskin on your bed and chair you get maximum relief and best protection.
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SHEEPSKIN CARE: HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins will keep their remarkable properties for many years, if cared for properly. The manufacturer guarantees them for 50 washes in Woolskin. No other sheepskins are guaranteed in this way. AS4480.1 sheepskins are recognised world-wide for their quality and superiority. Launder 2-3 times a year, or when necessary. Woolskin-Sheepskin Detergent conditions and disinfects the wool and keeps the leather supple. Medical sheepskins are Easy- care: machine wash and air dry for economical long term use. AS4480.1 Medical Sheepskins provide a breathable, supportive and protective surface that is bio-degradable, fire resistant and from a sustainable resource...they are the BEST.
Down-Under Wool has specialised in the development and supply of Australian Merino wool and Medical Sheepskin products for the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Sores, Bedsores and Decubitus Ulcers...since 1988.
"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 are imitations and are not authentic Australian Medical Sheepskins (AS 4480.1). They do not have a stamp nor are they Urine Resistant (UR). HiTemp indicates that a sheepskin meets hospital disinfection standards. UR ensures the leather will not harden as a result of exposure to blood, urine & feces.
Australian Medical Sheepskins provide complete skin care with:
- Enhanced Comfort
- Pressure Redistribution
- Shear and Friction Reduction
- Water vapour dissipation
- Heat 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. Christopher Reeve ( aka Superman) died from an infected pressure sore. Bedsores, Pressure Sores and Decubitus ulcers can develop in only 20 minutes and many take up to 6 months to heal. 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. For more information about Pressure sores, Bedsores, and decubitus Ulcers, click here.
Recommended for improved comfort after hip, shoulder or knee surgery. Australian Medical Sheepskin(AS 4480.1) are approved Medical Devices in Australia, Europe and the USA.
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.