Ashok Kshirsagar1, Abhishek Mahna2, Akshay Pednekar3, Mayank Vekariya4, Ronak Chaudhari5, Vaibhav Gupta6, Ashar Shaikh7, Ritvij Patankar8
ABSTRACT: Surgical wounds can cause painful lengthy hospital stay, multiple stages of surgeries, prolonged disability, prolonged rehabilitation, loss of income and enormous financial burden. Manuka honey has high level of non-peroxide anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity which makes it highly suitable for topical use in the treatment of wounds. Manuka honey is gathered in New Zealand from the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium, which grows uncultivated throughout the country. Aim of the study is to compare the efficacy of manuka honey dressing and conventional dressing on surgical wounds. This study was carried out in the Department of Surgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad. Data was collected from 100 patients with surgical wounds admitted in the hospital during the period from May 2013 to April 2014 for this study considering the inclusion and exclusion criteria. In our study we found that manuka honey dressing lead to faster healing of wounds as compared to that of conventional dressing. In case of superficial burn wound, disrupted abdominal wound following caesarean section, chronic leg ulcer, diabetic foot healing was faster as compared to conventional method but in Fournier gangrene healing was delayed with manuka honey. Results are formulated and conclusion of my study is that there was large body of evidence to support the use of honey as a wound dressing for a wide range of types of wound. Its antibacterial activity rapidly clears infection and protects wounds from becoming infected, thus it provides a moist healing environment.