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Honey-Based Dressings and Wound Care: An Option for Care in the United States

Pieper, Barbara

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: January-February 2009 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 60–66
doi: 10.1097/01.WON.0000345177.58740.7d

Honey-based wound dressings have been used worldwide since ancient times. A honey product received US Federal Drug Administration approval in 2007, making this dressing an option for wound care. Honey has been found to exert anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects without antibiotic resistance, promote moist wound healing, and facilitate debridement. However, it may cause a stinging pain. As is true of any wound dressing, its use must be carefully selected and monitored. Continued research is needed to add to its evidence base. This article provides a summary of the current evidence base for the use of honey and a review of its therapeutic effects and discusses implications for WOC nursing practice.

Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN, ACNS, CWOCN, FAAN, is Professor/Nurse Practitioner, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

Corresponding author: Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN, APCNS-BC, CWOCN, FAAN, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, 5557 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (

Copyright © 2009 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society