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Medihoney MediHoney Wound and Burn Dressing Gel Overview
MediHoney Gel by Integra Lifesciences (formerly Derma Sciences) is a honey-based gel wound dressing that is made from a blend of Leptospermum honey (also known as manuka honey) and natural vegetable esters. This combination creates a honey gel that is thicker than traditional MediHoney Paste, which means it sticks to the wound bed more easily and is easier to apply. This Wound Dressing is made to treat superficial to full-thickness wounds, including ulcers, partial-thickness first and second degree burns, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds, and skin graft sites. It is also an effective choice for hard to heal wounds, such as tunneling, undermined, chronic, or stalled wounds. In addition, this product is medical-grade as it is completely sterilized to reduce the risk of infection. It is also all-natural and non-toxic, which makes it safe to use for patients of any age. Finally, this product may be used from the start of wound treatment through to wound closure, which keeps wound management an uncomplicated, no sweat process.
What Does MediHoney Do for a Wound?
Due to its Leptospermum honey content, MediHoney has many wound healing benefits. This product has antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Its acidic properties lower the pH levels in the wound and in doing so lowers protease levels and encourages healing. It also assists the body-repairing peptides and proteins that help us heal by blocking damaging enzymes. In addition, it is low in moisture and high in sugar. Due to this fact (and unlike antibiotics), it draws moisture, toxins, and debris out of the wound and dehydrates bacteria to kill it. A balanced moisture level is still provided at the wound bed for moist healing and speedy recovery. This product also helps debride the wound, which means that it helps remove dead tissue from the wound to help revitalize the wounded area and allow new tissue to form. In comparison to other dressings, Leptospermum honey has been shown to speed up the healing process significantly during wound recovery.
What is Leptospermum Honey?
Honey has been used in places like Egypt for centuries due to its healing properties. It was only recently that researchers have backed up this medicinal folk knowledge with scientific research. Leptospermum honey (also known as Manuka honey) is a specific kind of nectar that is derived from the Leptospermum tea tree found in New Zealand and Australia. Due to a high concentration of germ and virus-combating hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (MGO), this honey is more potent than typical honey found in Europe and the Americas. As a result, the antibiotic properties found in honey and that are conducive to the healing of wounds are increased in Leptospermum honey. In some cases, Leptospermum was found to attack bacterial colonies that form unhealthy biofilm and infection. Once biofilm appears, it is typically considered untreatable, so this is of particular interest to scientists studying the effects of this kind of honey. As a bonus, it also appears to be bacteria resistant, which means bacteria doesn't appear to build a tolerance against Leptospermum honey's antibacterial nature as it does with antibiotics.
Features and Benefits
- Made with Active Leptospermum Honey
- Thickened Honey for Better Adhesion
- Ideal for Superficial to Full-Thickness Wounds
- Great Option for Stalled or Chronic Wounds
- Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial, and Antioxidant Agent
- High Osmotic Potential
- Easy Dressing Changes that Don't Harm the Wound
- Cleanses the Wound Bed
- Lowers Wound pH Levels
- Provides Pain-Free Autolytic Debridement
- Pulls Fluids Up and Out of the Wound
- Removes Wound Debris
- Removes Unhealthy, Dying Tissue
- Heals Wounds Significantly Faster than Conventional Dressings
- Reduces Odor
- Helps Balance Moisture
- Helps Maintain a Moist Wound Environment
- Can Be Used From Beginning to End of the Healing Process
- Antibiotic and Pesticide-Free
- Non-Toxic and Safe
- Can Be Used for Soreness and Cracking Caused by Breast-Feeding
- Can Be Used by Patients of Any Age
Who Will Find MediHoney Wound Gel Useful?
Users looking for the following may find this product beneficial:
- An all-natural wound care option
- A dressing for superficial to full-thickness wounds
- A dressing that is effective for hard to heal wounds such as undermined, tunneling, stalled, or chronic wounds
- A product that can be used throughout the entire care process
- A product that is free of latex and other sensitivity and allergy-causing materials commonly used in wound care
Why Use MediHoney (2:31 minutes)
MediHoney Gel Guide
- 80% Leptospermum Honey
- 20% Natural Gelling Agents
How to Use this Product
How Is MediHoney Dressing Gel Applied?
- Use soap and warm water to wash hands before each use.
- Put on protective gloves, such as these Clear Vinyl Exam Gloves.
- Appraise the wound. Check for signs of regression or healing. Take note of heat, redness, swelling, or pain.
- Use a wound cleanser, such as sterile water or sterile saline, to clean the wound bed and the skin surrounding it.
- Use gauze to dry the skin surrounding the wound.
- Apply a skin barrier cream or ointment to the skin surrounding the wound. This will help prevent skin maceration and breakdown.
- Apply the gel to the wound.
- Wrap with an absorbent secondary dressing that is appropriate for the amount of exudate. Do so according to the secondary dressing's manufacturer's instructions.
MediHoney Gel Leptospermum Application (1:41 minutes)
How to Remove the Gel Dressing
Gently rinse with sterile water or a sterile saline solution.
How Long Can MediHoney Burn Gel Be Left on a Wound?
This will depend on the wound. Your doctor will assess the wound's condition and it's amount of exudate to determine length between dressing changes. This may also change as wound care progresses. Always follow a doctor's instruction throughout the wound care process. Dressings should always be changed immediately if the secondary dressing has reached its exudate capacity.
How Should this Product Be Stored?
This product should be stored at temperatures between 50° and 77° F.
Recommended Secondary Dressings
- XtraSorb HCS Hydrogel Dressing: A super absorbent, polymer-based bandage that draws exudate away from the wound bed, turns it into a gel, and locks it in.
- XtraSorb Foam Dressing: A highly absorbent polymer foam dressing that pulls drainage away from the wound and locks it away.
Other Related Items
- Calmoseptine Barrier Cream: A popular, highly rated calamine-based skin calming cream and moisture barrier ointment. This product contains zinc oxide, menthol, and glycerin for irritation relief and skin protection.
- Arm and Hammer Saline Wound Wash: A sterile, anti-septic pure saline wound cleanser. This product comes in a spray can to make wound debridement and debris removal.
- Periwinkle Super Stretch Gloves: Highly-protective nitrile gloves that can be used during bandage application.
This product is perfect for dry to moderately exuding wounds. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Burns (Partial Thickness, First and Second Degree)
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Donor Sites
- Leg Ulcers
- Pressure Ulcers (Partial- and Full-Thickness)
- Surgical Wounds
- Traumatic Wounds
Never use under the following circumstances:
- The wound is bleeding heavily
- The burns are third degree
- The user is sensitive or allergic to honey, seaweed, or algae.
- Existing necrotic (dying) tissue may slough off when using this product. It is common for wounds to initally become enlarged due to this fact. This is healthy and normal. However, if the wound continues to enlarge after the first few dressing changes, contact a medical practitioner for advice.
- Dues to this product's pH-lowering feature, a mild sting may occur initially. An analgesic may help. If the sting still prevails, gently remove the dressing and clean where the dressing was applied in case of sensitivity or allergy. Contact a doctor.
- This product may increase wound exudate which can cause skin maceration (whitening and wrinkling of the skin around the wound due to contact with moisture). A Skin Barrier Ointment should be used to protect the skin surrounding the wound. Be sure to change the dressing more often if maceration occurs or use an absorptive secondary dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can MediHoney be used on open wounds?
The product is indicated for dry to moderately exuding wounds.
Does MediHoney kill bacteria?
This product is not an antiseptic, but it has antibacterial properties. It reduces bacteria by drawing moisture up and out of the wound, which dehydrates the bacteria. It also lowers wound pH levels, which speeds up the healing process.
Can MediHoney be used on infected wounds?
Yes, it can be used on infected wounds.
What is the difference between MediHoney gel and paste?
MediHoney paste consists of 100% active Leptospermum honey, while the gel version contains 80% active Leptospermum honey and 20% natural gelling agents. Due to this fact, the gel version is thickened and clings better to the wound bed. The paste is preferred for use on undermined or deep tunneled wounds, while the gel version is considered the best option for superficial to full-thickness wounds.
What is the shelf life for this product?
Each tube will have its expiration date on it. Be sure to check the date on your tube to find its exact date of expiration. The use-by date is typically labeled as about a year out from purchase.
Why can't I use just any honey for wound care?
MediHoney is sterilized to remove any bacteria and spores, which makes it safe for wound care. Honey also sometimes contains antibiotics and pesticides, which are not ideal for wound care. Store-bought honey may cause infection if used for wound care.
MediHoney Dressing Review (2:30 minutes)
- Manufacturer: Derma Sciences
- Item Number: 31805, 31815, 31840
- Application: Wound and Burn Care
- Type: Leptospermum Honey Gel
- Volume: 0.5 oz, 1.5 oz, 400 g
- Container Type: Tube, Tub
- Sterile: Yes
- Latex-Free: Yes
Manuals and Documents
- Breast-Feeding Wound Treatment Guide offers information on treatment of breast-feeding caused cracking and soreness.
- Burn Care Treatment Flyer offers burn treatment highlights.
- FAQ Guide answers questions often asked by patients.
- Gel vs. Paste Guide contains product gel and paste comparison data.
- Brochure contains product line details.
- Palliative Wound Care Presentation provides information on the use of Leptospermum honey for palliative wound care.
- Pandemic Guide provides MediHoney-applicable pandemic information.
- Sell Sheet provides product specifications and scientific facts.
- Wound Debridement Guide contains detailed information for using this product for wound debridement.
- Wound Management Protocol Chart contains a product comparison chart and wound care guideline information.
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