Medihoney wound dresings are wound dressings based on manuka honey. The dressings are used by medical practitioners for long term care in hospitals and other medical institutions as well as by consumers for home treatment.
Manuka honey, or active Leptospermum honey, is the most researched type of honey in the world. It has shown to be able to cure wounds and ulcers that seemed untreatable such as wounds infected with MRSA or diabetic ulcer wounds.
The manuka honey used in Medihoney products has been sterilized by gamma irradiation, a process that destroys any bacterial spores without loss of product effectiveness.
Generally, laboratory tested manuka honey with a minimum rating of 12+ is recommended for wound and burn care use. The manuka honey used in Medihoney dressings is rated at least 15+.
Medihoney offers three product types:
1. Medihoney Dressings
Dressings are actually tubes of medical grade manuka honey. No sheet or patch but a tube with 100% tested and sterilized manuka honey.
2. Medihoney Calcium Alginate Dressings.
These wound dressings are made of highly absorbent seaweed-based material saturated in medical grade manuka honey (95%). They are also called calcium alginate dressings with Leptospermum.
Alginate dressings are very useful for moderate to heavily exudating wounds. As wound fluid enters the dressing, the honey is released while the dressing absorbs and forms a gel. This makes the dressings easy to remove without disrupting the wound bed. This adds to the healing process and inflicts less pain and discomfort on the patient.
The Honeycolloid dressings form a gel when in contact with wound fluid. They have an active manuka honey content 80% and are available in an adhesive and non-adhesive version.
Medihoney™ wound dressings provide a moist, occlusive environment conducive to optimal wound healing. The unique actions of the honey allow these natural wound care products to clean, heal, and protect.
Wounds are cleaned because the dressings kill bacteria and draw out and absorb exudate, dirt and dead tissue. The dressings also reduce malodor in wounds by reducing ammonia production.
Healing is speeded by the creation of a moist, low pH environment, and the so called osmotic effect. This osmotic effect is a result of the high levels of sugars in the honey. This results in fluids being drawn from surrounding tissues. This helps to constantly bathe wounds in lymph fluid, which assists in the removal of necrotic tissue, slough, and debris from the wound bed.
Wounds are protected because the risk on infection is strongly reduced. The honey impregnated dressing forms a protective barrier that prevents wounds from getting infected. Furthermore these dressings are natural, non-toxic, safe, and easy to use.
Medihoney™ wound dressings can be used in all stages of wound healing. The choice for a certain type of product depends mainly on the level of wound exudation. One of Medihoney’s slogans: “Dressings that can be used from the start of the wound through to closure”
Indications of Use:
The dressings are indicated for the management of various types of wounds and ulcers such as:
Medihoney wound dressings are FDA approved medical devices. In Australia and New Zealand the use of similar medical honey-based wound pastes and dressings has been commonplace the past ten years. Medihoney is a brand of Derma Sciences, a New Jersey company that makes medicated and other advanced wound care products. Medihoney wound dressings can be ordered online on Amazon.