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 these sheepskin rugs is derived from the springy 30mm pile (about 1.25") of these specially tanned hides. The high pile density creates a cushion that distributes body weight and pressure over a large area.
Unlike other fibres, wool can absorb moisture up to 33% of the wool 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 (due to shear forces) making Medical sheepskins ideal overlays for people confined to a bed or wheelchair. Medical sheepskin properties provide improved comfort for the patient and reduction in the primary causes of bedsores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers.