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Case series of use of Manuka honey in leg ulceration

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  • Georgina Gethin RGN,

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    1. DipHE wound care, HRB-Research fellow, clinical nursing & midwifery, Post Grad Student, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland (Republic); Prof.
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  • Seamus Cowman PhD, MSc, FFNMRCSI, RGN, RNT, PGCEA, Dip N

    1. Dip N, Head of Nursing, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (Republic)
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*G Gethin, Tissue Viability Department, Sligo General Hospital, Sligo, Ireland.
E-mail:ggethin@eircom.net

Abstract

The historical and current literature reports the successful use of honey to manage a diversity of wound aetiologies. However, only in the last 40 years is research on its mode of action and contribution to wound healing being investigated. The challenge of managing chronic non healing wounds generated interest in researching non standard therapies. The aims of the study were to gain insight into the practical use of Manuka honey in wound management. The objective was to test the feasibility of further rigorous research into the use of honey in the management of chronic wounds. Instrumental case series were used to examine the use of Manuka honey in eight cases of leg ulceration. To collect the necessary data, photographs, acetate tracings, data monitoring and patient comments and observations were used to add greater reliability and validity to the findings. The wounds were dressed weekly with Manuka honey. The results obtained showed three males and five females with ulceration of different aetiologies were studied. A mean initial wound size for all wounds of 5·62 cm2 was obtained. At the end of four-week treatment period, the mean size was 2·25 cm2. Odour was eliminated and pain reduced. The conclusions drawn were that the use of Manuka honey was associated with a positive wound-healing outcome in these eight cases. Arterial wounds showed minimal improvement only.

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