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Contemp Nurse. 2015 Oct-Dec;51(2-3):121-34. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1171727. Epub 2016 Apr 18.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of dressings used for wound healing: the efficiency of honey compared to silver on burns.

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a Department of Health, Faculty of Health Science , Blekinge Institute of Technology , SE-371 79 Karlskrona , Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Honey has the antibacterial effect of silver without the toxic effect of silver on the skin. Even so, silver is the dominant antibacterial dressing used in wound healing.

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the healing effects of honey dressings compared to silver dressings for acute or chronic wounds.

DESIGN:

A systematic review with meta-analysis.

METHOD:

The search, conducted in seven databases, resulted in six randomised controlled trial studies from South Asia focusing on antibacterial properties and healing times of honey and silver.

RESULT:

Honey was more efficacious for wound healing than silver, as measured in the number of days needed for wounds to heal (pooled risk difference -20, 95% CI -0.29 to -0.11, p < .001). Honey turned out to have more antibacterial qualities than silver.

CONCLUSION:

All the included studies based on burns showed the unequivocal result that honey had an even more positive effect than silver on wound healing.

KEYWORDS:

antibacterial dressing; burns; honey; silver; wound healing

PMID:
27027667
DOI:
10.1080/10376178.2016.1171727
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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