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A systematic review and meta-analysis of dressings used for wound healing: the efficiency of honey compared to silver on burns
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
2015 (English)In: Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan, ISSN 1037-6178, E-ISSN 1839-3535, Vol. 51, no 2-3, 121-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Honey has the antibacterial effect of silver without the toxic effect of silver on the skin. Even so, silver is the dominant antibacterial dressing used in wound healing. Objectives: To evaluate the healing effects of honey dressings compared to silver dressings for acute or chronic wounds. Design: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Method: The search, conducted in seven databases, resulted in six randomised controlled trial studies from South Asia focusing on antibacterial properties and healing times of honey and silver. Result: Honey was more efficacious for wound healing than silver, as measured in the number of days needed for wounds to heal (pooled risk difference -20, 95% CI -0.29 to -0.11, p < .001). Honey turned out to have more antibacterial qualities than silver. Conclusion: All the included studies based on burns showed the unequivocal result that honey had an even more positive effect than silver on wound healing.

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Routledge, 2015. Vol. 51, no 2-3, 121-134 p.
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antibacterial dressing; burns; honey; silver; wound healing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-12535DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1171727ISI: 000375908400002PubMedID: 27027667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-12535DiVA: diva2:941461
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-22 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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