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Medical Applications — Distribution

Pressure Distribution

Posted by Stephen Playford on

The wool fibres and staples, held intact by the tanned skin, enable the Australian Medical Sheepskin to provide support while relieving pressure by distributing the load of a patient over a large area, minimizing interface pressures. The pressure distribution must be as uniform as possible with a highly deformable interface and a constant resistance to compression (1). The fibre density and length must be such that the patient does not 'bottom out' on the skin surface and create localized pressure increases. The following points support the claim for pressure relieving properties of sheepskins: At the simplest level, there is an...

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