The effect of short and longer term Manuka honey treatment on second intention healing of contaminated and uncontaminated wounds on the distal aspect of horses

Bischofberger, Andrea S., Dart, Christina M., Perkins, Nigel R., Kelly, Ashley, Jeffcott, Leo and Dart, Andrew J. (2013) The effect of short and longer term Manuka honey treatment on second intention healing of contaminated and uncontaminated wounds on the distal aspect of horses. Veterinary Surgery, 42 2: 154-160. doi:10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01083.x


Author Bischofberger, Andrea S.
Dart, Christina M.
Perkins, Nigel R.
Kelly, Ashley
Jeffcott, Leo
Dart, Andrew J.
Title The effect of short and longer term Manuka honey treatment on second intention healing of contaminated and uncontaminated wounds on the distal aspect of horses
Journal name Veterinary Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0161-3499
1532-950X
Publication date 2013-02-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01083.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 154
End page 160
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To compare the effects of manuka honey and manuka honey gel on second intention healing of noncontaminated distal limb wounds and those contaminated with feces.

Study Design: Experimental study.

Animals: Standardbred horses (n = 10).

Methods: Five full-thickness wounds (2 × 2 cm) were created on both metacarpi. Wounds on 1 forelimb were covered with horse feces for 24 hours. Wounds on the contralateral limb were left uncontaminated. Wounds were assigned to the following 5 different treatments: manuka honey, manuka honey gel or gel applied for 12 days, manuka honey gel applied throughout healing and untreated control. Wound area was measured on day 1 then weekly until day 42 and time to complete healing was recorded.

Results: Wounds treated with manuka honey gel throughout healing healed faster than all other wounds (P < .05). Wounds treated with manuka honey and manuka honey gel for 12 days healed faster than gel control and untreated control wounds (P < .05). Wounds treated with manuka honey and manuka honey gel for 12 days and throughout healing were smaller than gel control and untreated control wounds until day 35 (P < .05). Wounds contaminated with feces had greater retraction for 7 days, but healed faster than noncontaminated wounds (P < .05).

Conclusions: Treatment of wounds with manuka honey and manuka honey gel reduced wound retraction and overall healing time compared with gel and untreated control wounds.
Keyword Short term treatment
Long term treatment
Manuka honey
Contaminated and noncontaminated wounds
Horses
Distal forelimbs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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