Thursday, February 09, 2012

Honey Effective in Treating Pressure Ulcers in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Use of Medihoney as a Non-Surgical Therapy for Chronic Pressure Ulcers in patients with Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord, 50, 165-169 (February 2012)

Study design:

Prospective, observational study of 20 spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients with chronic pressure ulcers (PUs) using Medihoney.


To determine the effects of Medihoney by bacterial growth, wound size and stage of healing in PUs.


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.


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.


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.

1 comment:

Richard Morley said...

Your trial, sadly has little value. It is underpowered, and not randomised, controlled. Cochrane Wounds Group says "Honey is a viscous, supersaturated sugar solution derived from nectar gathered and modified by the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Honey has been used since ancient times as a remedy in wound care. More recently trials have evaluated the effects of using honey to help wound healing in both acute wounds (for example burns, lacerations) and chronic wounds (for example venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers). Although honey may improve healing times in mild to moderate superficial and partial thickness burns compared with some conventional dressings, it was found that honey dressings used alongside compression therapy do not significantly increase leg ulcer healing at 12 weeks. There is insufficient evidence to guide clinical practice for other wound types."