Extensive scientific research has been carried out to determine the effectiveness of Australian Medical Sheepskin and Merino Wool-Pile and their care. Some of these studies are provided below.
A. Australian Medical Sheepskin research.- Clinical trials. HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins are FDA Approved Medical Devices. . .the "top of the line" of all Medical Sheepskins.
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1. Preventing pressure ulcers with the Australian Medical Sheepskin: an open-label randomised controlled trial: The Medical Journal of Australia: 2004: 230 (7): 324-327 Damien J Jolley, Robyn Wright, Sunita McGowan, Mark B Hickey, Don A Campbell, Rodney D Sinclair and Kenneth C Montgomery
This Royal Melbourne Hospital clinical trial studied the effect of using Australian Medical Sheepskins with patients at low to moderate risk of developing pressure ulcers. The above researchers concluded: " The Australian Medical Sheepskin is effective in reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers in general hospital inpatients at low to moderate risk of these ulcers."
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2. RA Innovations - 30/05/2004: Sheepskin Mats Soothe Bedsores
Read an interview of Dr. Ken Montgomery; the Manager of the Medical Sheepskin Project at the CSIRO . Here, he describes the most comprehensive trial on medical sheepskins so far.
"........we have unequivocally shown that pressure ulcers are preventable with Australian Medical Sheepskins."
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4. Preventing Pressure Ulcers
5. Clinical Evaluation of Australian Medical Sheepskin: BES Rehab Ltd
The Medical Equipment Centre, in conjunction with the Medical Physics Department, have been involved with the evaluation of the above medical sheepskins. This has involved laboratory testing followed by clinical evaluation within the ward situation.
The sheepskins have been used by a small number of patients who did not tolerate an alternating pressure system, which is our standard equipment for high risk patients or those with pressure ulcers. The patients involved in the evaluation either found the alternating pressure systems uncomfortable or else were deemed to be too light weight to benefit from an alternating pressure.
All the patients found the sheepskins to be very comfortable. From the nurses point of view, they considered the sheepskins beneficial in terms of pressure, friction and shear relief. Laundering has always presented problems with traditional sheepskins, resulting in a very short life expectancy. This has not been the case with the Australian Medical Sheepskin which can tolerate laundering at high temperatures and yet still maintain its form and shape.
We are currently planning further studies with these sheepskins as we consider they have a role both within the hospital and community setting.
Cheryl E Dunford, RGN, MSc
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Tissue Viability
Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust
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8. FDA Approval of our HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Products.
The FDA has approved our Australian Medical Sheepskin products as Class 1 Medical Devices. This means that they are approved as skin pressure protectors for General Hospital and Personal Use. "A skin pressure protector is a device intended for medical purposes that is used to reduce pressure on the skin over a bony prominence to reduce the likelihood of the patient's developing decubitus ulcers( bedsores)."
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9. Sleep Research:
Sleep research has shown that people sleep better in wool clothing and on wool bedding.
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