The alternative to manuka honey in wound management
The developers of Surgihoney (Healing Honey International, UK), have postulated that given the doubts raised about the research methodologies used to demonstrate the effects of manuka honey, clinicians should stop using it and its derivatives.
Surgihoney is a CE approved medical device, bioengineered to be effective against antibiotic resistant species or stains such as MRSA, E.coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. While all honeys have antibacterial properties, Surgihoney is designed to contain more of the agents that prevent bacterial growth. The ability to produce low levels of hydrogen peroxide in a wound over an extended period of time is why Surgihoney has such high potency against every microbe tested and that have been taken from human wound tissue.
Dr Dryden, Consultant in Infection and Micorbiology at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has undertaken numerous laboratory tests comparing Surgihoney with honeys from around the world, and has found it to be better for treating every type of bacteria. He states ...”for the past year I have been using it on patients and the results have been amazing. There are plenty of products that can kill bacteria but they often don’t help heal tissue. Honey is a fantastic natural medicine. The important extra is that it kills the bugs but doesn’t damage the tissue...The implications for the wider NHS could be “massive” in terms of saving lives, doctor and nurse time and reducing antibiotic use”.
According to Professor Jonathan Cooke, University of Manchester,
It is likely that Surgihoney may replace all antiseptic dressings for acute and chronic wounds and for the prevention of infections in surgical wounds. It is non toxic (unlike silver and povidone-iodine), as potent as povidone-iodine, does not produce antimicrobial resistance (unlike chlorhexidine) and is not dependent on high technical equipment for its use.
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