MEDIHONEY® dressings, a unique line of dressings by Derma Sciences containing active Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) Honey from New Zealand, possess unique qualities that make them ideal for the management of chronic and acute wounds and burns. A strong and growing evidence base – including several large scale randomized controlled studies – have shown that MEDIHONEY® dressings are effective on hard-to-heal wounds and burns, in addition to helping to debride wounds and keeping wound beds clean of necrotic tissue.
Because they contain a very high percentage of Manuka honey, MEDIHONEY® dressings are able to work in the presence of wound fluid, blood, and tissue, thus promoting an optimal healing environment.
Clinicians have successfully used MEDIHONEY® on a variety of wounds, and in a variety of settings. Manuka honey is naturally antimicrobial and a preferred treatment application because it does not possess the same toxicity as ionic silver. Additionally, MEDIHONEY® has been used successfully along with other advanced wound care modalities, including being used before, during, and after negative pressure applications, as well as being used as cover dressings for skin grafts and skin substitutes.
The adhesive version is occlusive like a traditional hydrocolloid, having a thin film backing and adhesive border. The honeycolloid pad will form a gel as it warms up with body
temperature and as it comes into contact with wound fluid. The adhesive version is an ideal dressing for lightly draining Stage II and III Pressure Ulcers, as well as Skin Tears that can be managed with an adhesive dressing.
MEDIHONEY dressings provide a moist, occlusive environment conducive to optimal wound healing. As wound exudate is absorbed, the alginate forms a gel, making the dressings easy to remove without disrupting the wound bed. The dressings are indicated for the management of moderate to heavily exuding wounds such as:
Due to their versatility and lack of toxicity, MEDIHONEY dressings can be used in all stages of wound healing, and can also be used as an important component of wound bed preparation. As such, placing these dressings as the cornerstones of a wound care formulary can take a great deal of the guess-work out of wound management.