Why Medical Sheepskin?

Posted by Down-Under Wool on 19th Oct 2018

Sheepskin has been used for its therapeutic value and for comfort for hundreds of years.however, it had its drawbacks when it was used in institutions. The sheepskin was often thrown into the "general wash and dry" basket. this meant that it was commonly exposed to chlorine and high temperatures.

Chlorine damages the leather of the sheepskin, causing it to hard and eventually the wool detaches. This marked the end of the usefulness of the sheepskin; making it an expensive therapeutic product.

The CSIRO came to the rescue in 1998. Scientists at the CSIRO developed a tanning process that made sheepskins " Machine Washable" and "Urine Resistant". The resulting Medical Sheepskin was standardised by Standards Australia. All sheepskins that meet the standard, are stamped.


Look for this stamp to be assured that the sheepskin is of the highest quality and has the best properties for Pressure Sore/Bedsore Prevention and Treatment.

This product is now known as the :

HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin 

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