2011, Number 2
Revista Cubana de Cirugía 2011; 50 (2)
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ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION. Different researches recognize the advantages of honey on chemical drugs origin. The main objective of present paper was to determine the honey's action in the treatment of septic wounds.
METHODS. A comparative, observational and descriptive study was conducted on honey healing effects including a universe of 200 patients with septic wounds, treated in the "Freyre de Andrade" hospital and the "Cira García" Central Clinic from 2000 to 2010 years. Patients were randomized into two groups of 100 patients each: a control group whose members undergo a daily local cure with 0,9 % saline solution, local antiseptics and antibiotics, and other study group using the above mentioned technique but with a latter use of honey as a deep and superficial layer covering wound.
RESULTS. Most of cultures made the first day before the wound's cure in the control group (98) remained positive (82) in the second culture (fourth day), whereas in the study group only 35 were positive from the 95 culture made. In this group the fetidness and the tissue devitalization disappeared during the first 24 hours of treatment, whereas in the control group this situation lasted until the fifth and sixth days of treatment. The useful granulation tissue appeared the second day in the study group and the eighth day in control group. In this latter there were 19 complications related to cure method but not in the study group in which there were neither complications nor adverse reactions to honey.
CONCLUSIONS. The honey maybe used to cure any septic wound, regardless of its location. It has strong deodorizing and cleanliness properties favoring the wounds scarring. In present study there was not any complication related to its use. Using this type of healing it is possible to save 50.60 currencies by patient.