Saturday, April 16, 2011
Br J Nurs, 2011 Mar 22;20(6):10-20
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a rare familial disorder affecting the production, quality and strength of collagen. It presents in many forms, and many individuals experience hypermobile joints and soft, elastic skin. When injury occurs, EDS can result in severe bruising, the development of wide open wounds and delayed healing (Babak et al, 2003).
In the case discussed, Lilly, a 10-year-old girl, presented with a wide trauma injury to her lower leg. Healing was influenced by the poor collagen production associated with EDS, and the presence of a high bacterial burden that resulted in infection.
Manuka honey was used to reduce the level of invading bacilli and stimulate production of collagen. Following this intervention, complete healing was achieved in two weeks. The action of manuka honey appears to be beneficial in the management of complex wounds, and further research is needed to determine its value in EDS.
Involvement of Lilly and her family in clinical decision-making and in the production of this article resulted in a growth in understanding for all parties and the development of a relationship that optimized the nurse/patient experience.