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J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2007 Mar-Apr;34(2):184-90.

Effectiveness of a honey dressing for healing pressure ulcers.

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  • 1Ege University School of Nursing, Izmir/Turkey. ulku.gunes@ege.edu.tr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the effect of a honey dressing vs an ethoxy-diaminoacridine plus nitrofurazone dressing in patients with pressure ulcers.

DESIGN:

This 5-week randomized clinical trial evaluated the effect of a honey dressing on pressure ulcer healing.

SETTING AND SUBJECTS:

Thirty-six patients with a total of 68 stage II or III pressure ulcers referred from a university hospital in Izmir were enrolled in the study. Twenty-six subjects completed the trial.

INSTRUMENTS:

Ulcers were measured with acetate tracings and Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH) evaluations.

METHODS:

Fifteen patients with 25 pressure ulcers were treated with honey dressings, and 11 patients with 25 pressure ulcers were treated with ethoxy-diaminoacridine plus nitrofurazone dressings. Wound healing was assessed weekly using the PUSH tool, version 3.0. The primary outcome measure was the change in PUSH tool scores in each group at 5 weeks.

RESULTS:

The two groups were statistically similar with regard to baseline and wound characteristics. After 5 weeks of treatment, patients who were treated by honey dressing had significantly better PUSH tool scores than subjects treated with the ethoxy-diaminoacridine plus nitrofurazone dressing (6.55 +/- 2.14 vs 12.62 +/- 2.15, P < .001).

CONCLUSION:

By week 5, PUSH tool scores showed that healing among subjects using a honey dressing was approximately 4 times the rate of healing in the comparison group. The use of a honey dressing is effective and practical.

PMID:
17413836
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