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I just got back from a rush delivery to the Brisbane Mater hospital. Late today we had a urgent call, a patient had just had a back operation and wanted a good nights sleep. The hospital beds were uncomfortable and the patient wanted a sheepskin to sleep on. Our regular→ Read more

Sheepskin Underlay for Prevention of Pressure Sores 

Regular Temperature Medical Bed Underlay by OzWool.net

The medical profession has considered the use of Sheepskin as a pressure sore underlay effective after medical sheepskin underlays used in hospitals and nursing homes in Australia, where sheepskins are produced, had a lot of success in pressure sore prevention. If you are thinking of getting a sheepskin for you or for your loved one who is an incontinent patient to prevent pressure sores (skin injuries)  from developing, but not sure how sheepskin works as a pressure sore underlay, then you’ve come into the right place.

Sheepskin has many uses, but it is widely used as a pressure sore underlay because of its properties that can reduce the primary causes of pressure sores. Primary causes of pressure sores include Pressure on the skin, Friction between the skin and the surface, skin moisture, and shear.

The following properties of sheepskin help sheepskin to become an effective pressure sore underlay:

Natural Breathing Property. Sheepskin has the ability to absorb moisture and sweat instantly and omit it into the air up to seven times faster than any other fur and fabrics used as pressure sore underlays. This prevents skin moisture which is one of the primary causes of pressure sores.

Temperature Control. Also, its ability to absorb moisture and sweat instantly and omit it into the air up to seven times faster helps it to regulate a steady body temperature when it is in contact with human skin, meaning that in the winter it will feel warm and in the summer it will feel cool.This prevents skin moisture.

Incredible softness. Sheepskin possesses a unique softness as the result of its wool fibres containing Lanolin, a natural substance that is secreted only by wool-bearing animals that acts as natural moisturizer and waterproofing agent. This incredible softness which feels very gentle on human skin helps reduce shear stress that is one of the primary causes why pressure sores develop.

Hypo-allergenic. Sheepskin is natural and the medical profession considered it hypoallergenic which means that unlike any furs or fabrics available in the market used pressure sore underlays, sheepskin is less likely to cause allergy reaction. If you or your loved is allergic to some types of furs and fabrics, sheepskin is your safest option.

Resilient property. The wool fibres of sheepskin are very strong- naturally strong- they can be bent up to 20,000 times without breaking making them the strongest type of wool available.

This property allows sheepskin to reduce pressure between the body and the surface underneath the sheepskin (floor, mattress, and any other kind of surface) eliminating the pressure build up, reducing the friction between the skin and the surface, prevents skin moisture, and prevents shear- the primary causes of pressure sores.  This property also helps sheepskin to last years and years of quality use.

If you are convinced that you or your loved one can benefit if you use sheepskin as pressure sore underlay instead of fur or fabrics, visit www.ozwool.net to see available sheepskin underlay options.

There has been much confusion over the different types of medical sheepskins. Here at Ozwool.net we offer the biggest range of Medical sheepskins in Australia. Do not be confused with wool on backing or other manufactured products we are talking Sheepskins. Our range has 3 distinct Medical Sheepskins:→ Read more
High Temperature Medical Sheepskin Underlay – AS4480.1-1998

We are now selling the Hi Temperature medical sheepskin Underlays stamped to the Australian Standard AS4480.1-1998.

The stamped Australian Medical Sheepskin Underlays can be washed in hot water (up to 80°C) to maximise disinfection.  These are suitable for hospital or nursing home use and can be washed 50 or more times.  They are coloured dark green for easy identification and must have the Australian Standard label or stamp on the reverse.

Incredible Softness- Added Comfort – The wool length on high temperature Medical Green is approx. 25-33mm long (exceeding Australian standards) premium-grade wool combed 8-times in multiple directions

Practical Comfort – Absorbs up to 36% of its dry weight in moisture without feeling damp, keeping you cool in summer and warm during winter.

Various Uses of Medical Sheepskins

Bed ulcers/bed sores afflict patients in hospitals throughout the world. Various means of reducing bedsores have been tried, from frequent turning to synthetic padding, but medical research has shown that one of the most effective means of reducing the occurrence of bedsores is the use of medical sheepskinspadding. Bedsores develop as a result of constant pressure on certain parts of the body, most commonly the bony protuberances such as elbows and heels. On traditional mattresses, these points come to bear inordinate amounts of body weight, because most beds lack the pressure distribution properties of memory foam or other more advanced materials.

Bedsores occur when the blood supply to the capillaries is restricted over a period of time. Bedsores are also called pressure ulcers. Since the unique character of memory foam is its ability to melt away from anywhere that pressure is applied, bed sores are reduced or eliminated, like wise when using medical sheepskins. Bed ridden patients in nursing home or assisted living facilities develop bed sores that can facilitate their demise. Paraplegics and quadriplegics develop localized pressure sores that can instigate life-threatening infections. Situations that impede circulation such as complications following surgery, congestive heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral ulcers, vascular disease, and traumatic injury help cause wounds. 

Bed sores are also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubiti, or decubitus ulcers. They begin as red, painful areas on the skin (often the legs and backside) and may turn purple or even black if undetected or untreated. In some cases, bed sores can lacerate and become infected, causing further medical problems. Bed sores pose a threat to anyone facing long periods of bed rest or bed confinement, or anyone who is immobilized or handicapped. Bed sores develop as a result of constant pressure on certain parts of the body, most commonly the bony areas such as shoulder blades, hips, heels and elbows. Other factors that contribute to bedsores include excessive moisture from sweating and friction from rubbing against the lower sheet. Additionally, medical sheepskinshas been widely used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the country for recovery from debilitating injuries, major surgeries and for long term care because it prevents any bed sores or other problems among people who must stay in one position for a long time to heal. The perfect cushion is a preventive of “bed sores” which do not necessarily come from a bed but rather the chaffing of skin against a surface, and with inactivity of the body, the blood flow to these skin surfaces are slowed and result in skin lesions.

Sheepskins For Australian Medical Sheepskins And Home Use

Australian medical sheepskins are widely used in the hospitals and homes because of its quality and it felt comfortable to use. Medical profession studies that aside from the softness of the sheepskin it is hypoallergenic and best use by the patient for its incredible softness.

There are some Australian medical sheepskins that are urine and blood resistant and it is wool product of sheepskin. Also to think that this Sheepskin had studied by medical profession and are found resistant to flame and static electricity. Hospital use medical sheepskin in prevention and treatment of pressure ulcer treatment. The products that produce by the sheepskin were rugs, wool-lined clothing or covering, gloves, hat, footstools and automotive seat. There are such sheepskin products that is high temperature sheepskin that you will feel warm even if its winter and cool in during summer, there is also a regular temperature underlay that is flexible and the same as the high temperature sheepskin that you feel cool even if its summer and warm in winter it also added comfort to you. There are also types of sheepskin such as; Infant care range which is the best range, and it is little softer than the export range, the Export range also is best range, the special range are the best level down to the next which is run of flock skins or wool defect that make them not presentable as the export or special they are great value for money and sometimes bigger skins and the last was the final range which is the Pet Mats have greater defects ncluding skin nicks, wool length inconstancies and some burrs on the outside edges.

So if you decide to purchase sheepskin best choice is Australian medical sheepskins in wool because it would really be practical to use upon its quality and medical studies. But be correct in care and maintenance to this product so that it would last to 20 years. There is also a product for the wool wash so that you can maintain the softness of the sheepskin. But be aware of false sheepskin there are some who are imitating this products so be wise before purchasing try to look on its quality and the manufacturer. Australian had really that best sheepskin products. Just be practical in purchasing this product so that you will happy in spending your money for you comfort and feel the quality of this product.

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Bed sores (AKA pressure sores, pressure wounds and pressure ulcers) are a commonly encountered problem experienced by people who are confined to bed rest or to a wheelchair. Restricted movement because of illness, invalidity or hospitalization creates pressure on the skin at points where the body’s weight is supported – normally the lower back, buttocks, shoulders and heels. This closes the tiny blood vessels near the skin’s surface and prevents vital nutrients from reaching the skin tissue in the affected area.

The result…skin tissue dies and bedsores form

Worryingly, bedsores can develop within a matter of HOURS, and if untreated will deteriorate into deep decubitis ulcers, eating through muscle, tendon and even bone!

The elderly are most at risk because their skin is so fragile. Persistent rubbing of their knees, elbows or hands against bed linen may also be a source of bedsores as could any other friction where the skin and bone move in separate directions.

The Solution to Bed Sores & Pressure Ulcers

Bedsores are FULLY PREVENTABLE. All that it requires is for the skin to be PROTECTED from unnecessary pressure and friction…and the BEST PROTECTION SYSTEM AVAILABLE IS AN AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL SHEEPSKIN RUG!

Medical sheepskin rugs are widely used in hospitals and nursing homes throughout Australia. When placed underneath a patient or wrapped around them, the ultra-soft wool and specially buffed hide provides a gentle cushion for their skin. The patient’s weight is distributed more evenly over a wider area, lowering the risk of bedsores caused by pressure and friction.

Ian Partridge owns a number of websites specialising in Australian Sheepskins, due to interest from the PT cruiser car owners a special site was developed http://www.ozwool.net (A$) and http://www.australiaonlineproducts.com (US$) has more info and links

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