If you are looking to buy Australian Medical Sheepskin products, you are in the right place. All of our medical sheepskins are natural and premium quality. Down-Under Wool specialises in the use of Australian Medical Sheepskin for Pressure Sore Prevention. We are specialists in the supply of medical bed underlays. overlays and medical sheepskins. We have a reputation for supplying only the very best Australian lambskin and medical sheepskin products. Our primary focus has always been on the repeatability of the product’s quality and craftsmanship. In order to achieve this, we proudly select and stock only the finest available sheepskin and lambskin. As a result of this careful attention, our customers get to enjoy the benefits of supreme quality products. Moreover, our customers appreciate that the quality of their purchase is the same, every time. Medical sheepskin has been used in nursing homes and hospitals since the early 1960s. Our Medical sheepskins and medical sheepskin pads are from carefully selected medical grade sheepskin that have exceptional wool pile densities, making them capable of body support. These select Medical sheepskins have been trimmed to 30mm for maximum weight distribution. Research has shown that 30mm is the optimal pile length for 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 the underlying surface; be it a bed, a chair or a foot. Specialised tanning and finishing results in sheepskin with smooth, soft and breathable leather. 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
Medical Sheepskin as a Bed Sore Underlay
Hospital patients and others confined to a bed or chair have very limited mobility and are susceptible to the development of pressure sores/ bedsores or decubitus ulcers. Various methods of bedsores prevention have been tried, all including the necessary body turning every 2 hours. Synthetic pads have been tried unsuccessfully and often caused more harm than good. Medical research and clinical trials have shown that the use of medical sheepskin has been one of the most effective at reducing the occurrence of bedsores. Bedsores occur on the body of the patient due to the consistent pressure application over 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 parts of the body bear an inordinate amount of body weight and pressure. and are unable to adequately redistribute pressure. Bedsores occur when the blood supply to capillaries in these areas of the body get restricted over a period of time. 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 during and after major surgery, debilitating injuries and majorly for the long term care because it prevents bed sores or other related problems among patients who have to stay in one position for a long time in order to heal. The following properties of medical sheepskin result in this special pressure sore prevention surface:
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.
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 helps to create a constant body temperature. It also means that in the winter you will feel warm and in the summer it will feel cool; resulting in less sweating.
Sheepskin being all-natural is considered hypo-allergenic by the medical profession, which means that it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, unlike other furs or fabrics that are available in the market for bed sores prevention. Sheepskin is the safest option if you or your loved one is allergic to any type of fabric or furs.
The wool fibers in the sheepskin contain lanolin which create a unique softness. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer and a water-proofing agent. This incredible smoothness feels very gentle on the human skin and reduces shear stress, one of the major causes of bed sores.
The wool fibers of the sheepskin are very strong and they can be easily bent up to twenty thousand times without breaking which makes them the strongest type of wool fibers available.
Easy to Clean
All of our medical sheepskins can be easily washed in the machine using 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 also resistant to staining by blood. Our medical sheepskin comes in various shapes and sizes and can be used in a wheelchair, bed or almost anywhere you need to use it. It can also be used for the purpose of easing the soreness which could occur due to the use of crutches. In order to make sure that our Australian medical sheepskin can prove to be helpful in as many situations as possible we also provide bed pads, wheelchair covers, and crutch covers. Medical sheepskins are also an excellent investment for good sleep for active men and women who rely on the good nights' sleep for complete relaxation and recovery. Anyone that has used our medical sheepskin will swear by the ability of the sheepskin wool pile to act as a sleep inducer.