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Use of Medihoney as a non-surgical therapy for chronic pressure ulcers in patients with spinal cord injury.
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PMID:  21931331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Study design:Prospective, observational study of 20 spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients with chronic pressure ulcers (PUs) using Medihoney.Objectives:To determine the effects of Medihoney by bacterial growth, wound size and stage of healing in PUs.Methods:We treated 20 SCI adult patients with chronic PUs using Medihoney. In all, 7 patients (35%) were female, and 13 (65%) were male. The average patient age was 48.7 years (30-79). In all, 6 patients (30%) were tetraplegic and 14 (70%) were paraplegic. Also, 5 patients (25%) had grade IV ulcers and 15 patients (75%) had grade III ulcers according to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.Results:After 1 week of treatment with Medihoney, all swabs were void of bacterial growth. Overall 18 patients (90%) showed complete wound healing after a period of 4 weeks, and the resulting scars were soft and elastic. No negative effects were noted from the treatment using Medihoney. No blood sugar level derailment was documented.Conclusion:The medical-honey approach to wound care must be part of a comprehensive conservative surgical wound-care concept. Our study indicates the highly valuable efficacy of honey in wound management and infection control as measured by bacterial growth, wound size and healing stage.Spinal Cord advance online publication, 20 September 2011; doi:10.1038/sc.2011.87.
Authors:
B Biglari; P H Vd Linden; A Simon; S Aytac; H J Gerner; A Moghaddam
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-9-20
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Title:  Spinal cord     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5624     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
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Created Date:  2011-9-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9609749     Medline TA:  Spinal Cord     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Abteilung für Querschnittgelähmte und Technische Orthopädie der BG-Unfallklinik, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
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