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Stamp found on all authentic HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins

M103: Pressure Care Assistant prevents bed sores on the feet.

M102: HiTemp UR Australian medical Sheepskin prevents bedsores

M171: HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin Even Pressure Boot

M117: Wool-Pile Limb Sleeves for leg & arm protection & warmth

M160: Wool-Pile FootWarmers for comfort & warmth

M161: Wool-Pile Wrap Booties for cold sensitive feet

Sheepskin Medical Boot- washable: M170

R215: SuperWool Machine Washable mattress covers: Underlays

Washable Medical Sheepskin Walker handle covers

Medical Sheepskin Wheelchair Seat & Back Covers


Australian Medical Sheepskins:

Australian Medical Sheepskins and medical sheepskin products have been successful nursing aids for the prevention of pressure ulcers ( bed sores) since the early 1960's. The value and comfort of Australian Medical Sheepskin products is derived from the springy 30 mm pile of these specially tanned sheepskins. The high density ( number of fibres per square inch) of soft, springy resilient wool fibres creates a cushion that distributes body weight and pressure points over a large area. Each fibre acts as a "mini-spring" that will deform to a body contour; particularly at pressure points.

Unlike other fibres, wool can absorb moisture up to  33% of its weight; without feeling wet. The wool fibres wick moisture away from the skin, keeping it dry- an important consideration for bed sore prevention. The wool pile surface also reduces friction and skin tearing; making Medical Sheepskins ideal overlays for people confined to bed or wheelchair. These Medical Sheepskin properties provide improved comfort for the patient and reduction in the primary causes of bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers:

*        Pressure

*        Friction  

*        Moisture

Medical sheepskins of the past have been used very effectively in the home environment, but were not generally used in hospitals. This was largely because many patients were incontinent and sheepskins did not hold up in these circumstances. Similarly, disinfection was a problem since sheepskins could only be washed in warm water.

Today, the deficiencies of previously available medical sheepskins have been solved. As of 1998, a new standard of Medical Sheepskin was introduced in Australia. The CSIRO, in partnership with industry, developed new technologies that produced the : "Australian Medical Sheepskin ( Australian Standard AS 4480.1 1998)". Our HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskins exceed this standard.

The Australian Medical Sheepskin Standard:     AS4480.1 1998

This Standard specifies requirements for tanned sheepskins and lambskins that are used for health care, medical and institutional uses. They are used to minimize the incidence, severity and duration of pressure ulcers ( bedsores and decubitus ulcers)  by decreasing friction, pressure and humidity at the points of contact between the patient and the bed or chair.

Sheepskins that meet or exceed this Standard have the following properties:

  • well trimmed and pre-washed

  • homogeneous wool pile of uniform length and density, well-defined staple and crimp, straight to light curl in appearance, free from pilling and vegetable matter. Wool shall not be felted.

  • leather is free from excessive natural fat and grease, free of faults, symmetrical. Can be further processed to give increased urine resistance and labelled accordingly. Leather shall not give off any pungent or rancid odour

  • HiTemp wool colour must be Medical Green

  • Wool fibre diameter shall be 26-34 microns and be 25- 30 mm long

  • Flatness- at all times, the product should lie flat on a horizontal surface with minimum curling around the edges.

  • HiTemp Medical Sheepskins must have a minimum shrink temperature of 110 oC and should not decrease more than 5oC after 5 wash cycles.

  • Must be colourfast.


Australian Medical Sheepskins are now available in 2 Qualities:

1.   HiTemp UR  Australian Medical Sheepskins:( M102) -   Highest Quality available anywhere:  GREEN and the BEST available.

      These specially selected  very-fine wool sheepskins  are chosen because of their very high pile density and wool characteristics. They have been specially tanned to enable washing up to 80oC and drying up to 60oC. These numbers are important for sheepskin and wool disinfection; an important consideration for clients who already have bed sores. The letters UR designate that the skin has increased resistance to urine; making them suitable for incontinent patients. Sheepskins without this UR stamp will break down in the presence of urine. Urine will cause the leather to crack and the wool will fall out.  Use in the bed and wheelchair 24-7,all year; for maximum benefit.

FDA approved productsFDA approved products

HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskins are FDA approved Medical Devices.


2.  Australian Medical Sheepskins  (M101) - Excellent Value and Quality

These champagne coloured sheepskins are of exceptional quality, having a very soft 30 mm dense pile. They have been double chrome tanned to enable washing in warm water. Use Woolskin for washing, disinfecting and conditioning these sheepskins.  The M101 is not Urine Resistant (UR) and is not recommended for incontinent clients. Australian Medical Sheepskins (M101 & M102) are most effective when placed on the bed and wheelchair being used 24/7, all year.

      HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin protect and prevent bedsores.                              

Sheepskin Type    Australian HiTemp UR  Medical Sheepskin:  M102  Australian Medical Sheepskin: M101
Catalogue # M102.....BEST....Exceeds "Australian Standard AS4480.1 1998"  M101..Excellent Quality
Special Features Machine washable in hot water. Dry in dryer until nearly dry and then place upside down on drying rack. HiTemp washability for disinfection. Extra dense wool pile. Used in hospitals for bedsore prevention. Excellent pile density.  Suitable for incontinent client use- Urine Resistant. 30mm pile. Machine washable in cool water. Spin dry in washing machine and then dry on a drying rack. Do not use dryer or place in the sun. Very large sheepskins with very good pile density. Not urine resistant. Good for use in bed, wheelchair or sofa.   30 mm pile
Colour Medical Green  Champagne
Detergent Wash in "Woolskin with Tea Tree Oil" Wash in "Woolskin with Tea Tree Oil"
Size 38 - 42" long  X  28 - 30" wide Extra Large:  About 28" x 40"

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Buying a HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskin means that you have the best sheepskin available. It will give lasting bedsore prevention, and can be laundered safely ( guaranteed for up to 50 times and retain its properties when more washed more than 200 times in Woolskin) to achieve the high level of  disinfection demanded by  hospital infection control standards.

Disinfection levels and washability is increased even more with the use of: Sheepskin Shampoo & Woolwash.  Woolskin conditions the sheepskin leather with continued use, while cleaning and disinfecting the wool.

 HiTemp UR Medical Sheepskins protect and add comfort

M102: HiTemp UR Australian Medical Sheepskin- BEST

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