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Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant.
Adv Neonatal Care 2017; 17(1):27-32AN

Abstract

BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION TO CASE

Neonatal wound care is challenging due to the fragility and vulnerable skin structure. Neonates are often left susceptible to the forces of their environment, leaving them open to infection when skin injury occurs. Leptospermum honey has been used successfully in adult patients, with evidence lacking in the neonatal population. This case demonstrates the management of a difficult-to-heal wound in a 23-week gestation infant.

PURPOSE

Selecting the proper treatment and products for wound healing is challenging, with little evidence-based research available for the treatment of neonatal wounds. Leptospermum honey and other adult-driven dressings have been used for neonatal wound care as well as other adult-driven dressings. This case demonstrates the benefits of Leptospermum honey as an option for neonatal wounds.

CASE FINDINGS/RESULTS

This case presents the treatment and healing of an extensive wound of a 23-week gestation neonate using a hydrogel product initially and then transitioning to a Leptospermum honey dressing due to suboptimal healing. Results of this treatment included quick healing time, little to no scarring, and no loss of movement or function to the affected extremities.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

The incorporation of Leptospermum honey for wound care has the potential to promote faster wound healing, with less scarring in the neonatal population.

IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH

Adult wound care principles have been applied in the face of a weak evidence base relating to neonatal-specific cases. There is a need for continued research related to moist wound healing in the neonatal population, with resulting product and practice recommendations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and St Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27611017

Citation

Esser, Media. "Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant." Advances in Neonatal Care : Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, pp. 27-32.
Esser M. Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant. Adv Neonatal Care. 2017;17(1):27-32.
Esser, M. (2017). Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant. Advances in Neonatal Care : Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, 17(1), pp. 27-32. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000331.
Esser M. Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant. Adv Neonatal Care. 2017;17(1):27-32. PubMed PMID: 27611017.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Leptospermum Honey for Wound Care in an Extremely Premature Infant. A1 - Esser,Media, PY - 2016/9/10/pubmed PY - 2017/2/15/medline PY - 2016/9/10/entrez SP - 27 EP - 32 JF - Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses JO - Adv Neonatal Care VL - 17 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION TO CASE: Neonatal wound care is challenging due to the fragility and vulnerable skin structure. Neonates are often left susceptible to the forces of their environment, leaving them open to infection when skin injury occurs. Leptospermum honey has been used successfully in adult patients, with evidence lacking in the neonatal population. This case demonstrates the management of a difficult-to-heal wound in a 23-week gestation infant. PURPOSE: Selecting the proper treatment and products for wound healing is challenging, with little evidence-based research available for the treatment of neonatal wounds. Leptospermum honey and other adult-driven dressings have been used for neonatal wound care as well as other adult-driven dressings. This case demonstrates the benefits of Leptospermum honey as an option for neonatal wounds. CASE FINDINGS/RESULTS: This case presents the treatment and healing of an extensive wound of a 23-week gestation neonate using a hydrogel product initially and then transitioning to a Leptospermum honey dressing due to suboptimal healing. Results of this treatment included quick healing time, little to no scarring, and no loss of movement or function to the affected extremities. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The incorporation of Leptospermum honey for wound care has the potential to promote faster wound healing, with less scarring in the neonatal population. IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH: Adult wound care principles have been applied in the face of a weak evidence base relating to neonatal-specific cases. There is a need for continued research related to moist wound healing in the neonatal population, with resulting product and practice recommendations. SN - 1536-0911 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27611017/Leptospermum_Honey_for_Wound_Care_in_an_Extremely_Premature_Infant_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/ANC.0000000000000331 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -