Honey a sweet treat for Perth wound sufferer
A novel treatment involving honey has helped a Perth grandmother get back on her feet after sustaining leg wounds.
Christine Mohr, 69, injured herself with a tree branch while gardening, with the wounds remaining three months after the incident.
“Usually if I cut myself, I apply antiseptic to the wound and it heals within a week or two,” the Padbury resident said. “But after several weeks, the wound was not healing.”
A vascular specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital referred Ms Mohr to Silver Chain’s Wound Care service to reduce pressure on hospital staff.
The retiree attended Silver Chain’s Kingsley clinic and received care from Nurse Practitioner, Gordana Petkovska.
“Nothing was too much trouble for Gordana,” Ms Mohr said. “She never gave up on my wounds, and from the day she put honey on my leg, it started to heal.”
Wound specialist Professor Keryln Carville, Professor Primary Health Care and Community Nursing, said honey had been used to treat wounds over the past 2000 years.
“Honey has a broad-spectrum, antimicrobial efficacy,” Professor Carville said.
“Whilst being very tissue friendly, it is used for control of wound infection and inflammation. Honey used in wound dressings is sterile.”
More than half a million Australians suffer chronic wounds every year, costing the health system an estimated $3 billion. In the last financial year in Western Australia, Silver Chain treated more than 22,000 people with 36,000 wounds.
Professor Carville said despite a higher risk of chronic wounds in those over 65, they are not a normal part of life or ageing.
“For those with new wounds it is important to talk to a GP or another health care provider,” she said.
“This is especially important if a wound is taking longer than anticipated to heal, causes pain, there is redness or heat in the surrounding skin or increased fluid.”
Ms Mohr is urging Australians during Wound Awareness Week, which runs from 15-21 July, not to delay acting on unhealed wounds.
“Go to the doctor straight away,” she said. “I can’t emphasise how important it is to act immediately.”
For more information on Silver Chain’s in-home or in-clinic Wound Care service, call (08) 9242 0242 (metro) or 1300 650 803 (country).
15 July 2019
Montana Ardon | Communications Officer
T 08 9208 8310 | E Montana.Ardon@silverchain.org.au
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