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J Wound Care. 2004 May;13(5):193-7.

Acceptability to patients of a honey dressing for non-healing venous leg ulcers.

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  • 1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Southampton University, UK. c.e.dunford@soton.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This four-centre feasibility study was undertaken to determine whether Medihoney, a proprietary blend of honeys, is an acceptable treatment for patients with leg ulcers in terms of pain relief, odour control and overall patient satisfaction.

METHOD:

Forty patients whose leg ulcers had not responded to 12 weeks of compression therapy were recruited. Medihoney dressings were applied on their ulcers for the 12-week study period. All other aspects of their care, including the use of compression bandaging, remained unchanged. Their leg ulcers were assessed every two weeks. This included the use of a patient questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Overall, ulcer pain and size decreased significantly and odorous wounds were deodorised promptly. This had a positive impact on patient satisfaction with the Medihoney treatment.

CONCLUSION:

The results support the previously reported positive effects of honey and revealed a high patient acceptance for this treatment. Following these results, comparative clinical trials, which should also consider pain, are now recommended.

PMID:
15160574
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