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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.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
Blekinge Institute of Technology.
2015 (English)In: Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan, ISSN 1037-6178, E-ISSN 1839-3535, Vol. 51, no 2-3, p. 121-134Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015. Vol. 51, no 2-3, p. 121-134
Keywords [en]
Antibacterial dressing, Burns, Honey, Silver, Wound healing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71993DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1171727ISI: 000375908400002PubMedID: 27027667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-71993DiVA, id: diva2:1194825
Available from: 2018-04-03 Created: 2018-04-03 Last updated: 2018-04-19Bibliographically approved

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