Medihoney wound dressings are a popular choice for wound management and were one of the first certified honey licensed for use in the medical field.
Medihoney works by:
- Drawing moisture out of the wound environment
- Dehydrates the surface bacteria
- Produces gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide when comes in contact with wound exudate helping to cleanse and clean the wound.
- Antibacterial properties
The History of Using Medihoney For Wound Care
Honey has been used in wounds over the past 4000 years, commonly seen African, Chinese and Greek civilisations. However, it wasn’t until recently that the antibacterial properties have been further examined.
What is Medihoney?
Medihoney is a special formulation which consists of a mixture of Australian and New Zealand honey. This special formulation contains Leptospermum and glucose oxidase compounds that are antibacterial in nature.
How does Medihoney work?
Medihoney works in many ways, some of which are still unknown. However, studies have shown that Medihoney:
- Stimulates leukocytes to release cytokines to improve tissue repair
- Improves immune response to infection
- Stimulates the production of antibodies
- Broad antibacterial activity of honey that is broad-spectrum reducing the wound bacterial load
- Has antiviral, anti-inflammatory components.
What types of wounds is Medihoney best for?
Medihoney has been proven to an affective option for
There is more quality evidence required, however, some studies suggest that Medihoney is also effective for:
- Chronic wounds
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
What is the science behind Medihoney?
There is good evidence to show the effectiveness of the antibacterial properties of Medihoney, which may benefit wound healing. The use of Medihoney in acute and partial thickness burns has been found to be slightly superior than conventional treatment options.
There is a growing body of evidence from clinical experience and obserational research from all over the world. However, more extensive studies are required for Medihoney to be used more commonly in clinical practice.
What are the advantages of using Medihoney on wounds?
Some of the advantages of using medihoney on wounds includes
- Easy to change the dressing without causing pain or damage to the good tissue
- Reduction in wound odour
- Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and debriding effects
- Ability to suit all wound types and wound healing stages
- Patients are very open to using “natural” wound product alternatives
What are the contraindications of Medihoney?
The most common adverse effect of using Medihoney on wounds is pain. This study identified that approximately 5% of patients experienced stinging pain after the application of Medihoney.
Is it safe to use any honey on wounds?
In a normal environment, honey can contain Clostridium botulinum, in Medihoney, this has been inactivated and the product is classified as sterile.
Therefore, if you want to apply honey to your wounds, ensure it is Medihoney that has been specifically treated for the use on wounds. Each bach of Medihoney has been gamma irradiated which inactivate Clostridium spores, but still has the effectiveness of natural pure honey.
What wound products contain Medihoney?
Medihoney is available in various types of wound products.
Medihoney Wound gel is perfect for wounds with some depth that may have some yellow or white film (slough) on the wound bed. This is the most popular type of Medihoney product.
Medihoney Impregnated Alginate Dressing
Medihoney alginate dressing can be used in diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, venous leg ulcers, first and second-degree burns and donor sites.
Hydrocolloid Medihoney Dressing
This hydrocolloid dressing is great for pressure ulcers and helps to maintain and encourage moist wound healing. With an active Leptospermum honey content of 80%, this is a high quality and effective dressing. There are more details on the dressing by clicking the link below.
There is some good evidence to suggest the use of Medihoney and the benefits for wound healing. Although, more research is required for use in certain types of wounds. In saying that, Medihoney is a good natural option for wound healing, that could be very beneficial for wound healing.
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