New Successful Treatment For Patients With Wounds
Our wound specialist at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Joe Del Duca, showed extremely successful results in treating wounds with medical honey. According to Joe, dead tissue is rejected faster, and the wounds heal more rapidly. What is more, changing dressings is less painful, since the poultices are easier to remove without damaging the newly formed layers of skin. Even wounds, which consistently refused to heal for years can, in our experience, be brought under control with Medi-honey – and this frequently happens within a few weeks.
In 2009 the FDA approved Medi-honey, an over the counter, sterilized, standardized honey preparation. Studies have shown that honey significantly shortens healing times for superficial or partial thickness burns.
Honey’s efficacy is due in part to its bacterial activity. Its high sugar content contributes to its high osmolarity and gives it the ability to dehydrate bacteria without drying out the wound environment. Honey retains its ability to impede microbial growth even when diluted.
Honey’s low pH speeds healing by suppressing protease activity (which destroys growth factors, protein fibers, and fibronectins) and increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues. Honey reduces edema, exudates, and pain by regulating the inflammatory process. It also triggers production of growth factors that, in turn, cause angiogenesis and proliferation of epithelial cells. Honey also manages odor and many patients report finding it soothing.
When using honey manufactured for medical use, we ensure that the wound has been debrided and rinsed with sterile water. We use enough honey to cover the wound completely. The best way to keep honey from oozing out of the wound is by soaking a calcium alginate or hydrofiber dressing with the honey product and placing it over the wound bed. The honey should be in contact with the skin for 12 to 24 hours. Infected wounds may require two dressing changes per day, depending on the amount of exudate produced. In more stable situations, a honey soaked dressing may be left in place for up to 7 days. Although honey often relieves discomfort, patients with deeper burns may experience stinging upon application. Administer a local anesthetic to these patients as prescribed by the healthcare provider.