1. Is MEDIHONEY® made with regular honey?
No, MEDIHONEY® is Medical Grade Honey. Medical grade means the honey has been filtered to a higher level than food grade honey, and has been sterilised. MEDIHONEY® is made from Active Leptospermum Scoparium (= Manuka) honey, which is indigenous to New Zealand. Manuka Honey offers effective non-resistant antibacterial action and is the only species of honey shown in randomised controlled studies to help wounds progress towards healing.

2. What is MGO?
Scientists have now discovered one of the principal (and measurable) components responsible for the active antibacterial action of MEDIHONEY® is Methylglyoxal (otherwise known as MGO). The level needed to be active is = >355mg/Kg, and the MGO level in MEDIHONEY® is = >355mgs/Kg.

3. What is meant by Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) of honey?
Bees contribute an enzyme called glucose oxidase to honey. Glucose oxidase is converted to gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide in the wound. However, upon interaction with catalase (an enzyme present in wound fluid/blood/tissue) hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen. The Antibacterial mode of action of MEDIHONEY® is NOT due to this process, but as a result of other factors (MGO being one of them), the antibacterial effect is not destroyed by catalase therefore is not due to hydrogen peroxide = Non-Peroxide Activity.

4. What are the properties in MEDIHONEY® that make it effective for wounds and burns?
The different compounds and physical properties in MEDIHONEY® work synergistically to both kill bacteria and assist wound healing. This is why we do not single out one particular active component of the honey. There are altogether 5 modes of action of MEDIHONEY®, including: • ANTIBACTERIAL • DEBRIDEMENT • MALODOUR NEUTRALISATION • IMMUNE STIMULATION • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

5. What are the most commons usages of MEDIHONEY® dressings?
MEDIHONEY® has shown positive performance on a variety of wound types and aetiologies from the start of the wound through to wound closure including: • Leg ulcers, various aetiologies incl. Venous, Arterial, Diabetic Foot • Donor sites • Oncologic wounds • Pressure ulcers (I-IV) • Traumatic and surgical wounds • 1st and 2nd degree burns

6. What is the difference between MEDIHONEY® Medical Honey and MEDIHONEY® Wound Gel?
MEDIHONEY® Antibacterial Medical Honey is 100%, with honey consistency, i.e can be liquid. MEDIHONEY® Antibacterial Wound Gel is thickened with a safe natural product to make it more viscous and thus does not ‘run’.

7. Can MEDIHONEY® be used in and on Diabetics?
Yes. It has been proven not to interact with the level of glucose in the blood and thus totally safe to use on all wounds on Diabetics. It is however, always recommended with Diabetics to continuously monitor blood glucose levels.

8. Can MEDIHONEY® be used along with Negative Pressure devices?
MEDIHONEY® is used prior to, during and after Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) with tremendous success.

9. Can MEDIHONEY® be used under compression for 7-days?
Yes. MEDIHONEY® dressings can be left in place under compression and off-loading devices.

10. What are the precautions?
Allergy to honey, in this instance it is recommended not to be used. Due to the low pH, some patients may notice transient stinging, even pain. If stinging does not stop or persists, a clear protocol for analgesia needs to be followed.

11. How often should the dressings be changed?
All MEDIHONEY® dressings can be worn for up to 7 days, depending on the level of exudate and should be reapplied when the secondary dressing has reached its absorbent capacity or as directed by a wound care professional.

 

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