Research Uses MEDIHONEY On Sternal Infections After Open-Heart Surgery
Derma Sciences have used MEDIHONEY dressings to successfully treat 8 patients with deep sternal wound infections (DSWI), a condition that sometimes arises after open-heart surgeries.
The dressings were used in combination with V.A.C. Therapy (KCI, San Antonio, Texas), the largest and fastest growing technology in advanced wound care. Based on the successful results of this observational study, the researchers have initiated a prospective, randomized, controlled study on the influence of MEDIHONEY on the treatment of DSWI.
Derma Sciences CEO Ed Quilty stated, "The results from this initial 8-patient study are very encouraging. DSWI adds significant additional hospitalization costs to median sternotomy and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures, and also significantly increases mortality rates in these patients. We believe the addition of MEDIHONEY to these expensive procedures will provide clinicians a cost-effective way to improve outcomes. Additionally, the recent increase in CABG procedures, due to efficacy concerns over less invasive forms of surgery and drug-eluting stent procedures, makes this an attractive and growing target market."
Quilty went on to say, "Use of the V.A.C. in post-surgical applications -- including DSWI -- has been steadily increasing. Overall, this product generates over $1 billion in revenues globally, and is the first true blockbuster in the field of wound care. Gaining acceptance as an adjunct to this therapy will add significantly to the global usage of MEDIHONEY."
The study was published in the proceedings of the 5th Annual Joint Meeting of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Societies for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as a special publication of the Journal of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon. The investigators reported that there were no local or systemic adverse reactions to the treatment and that all patients progressed to complete wound healing. In the six patients who received application of MEDIHONEY every four days, the wounds were clean and sterile after a mean duration of treatment of 23 days. The two patients that received fewer applications of MEDIHONEY showed repeat positive wound cultures. No nosocomially acquired "superinfections" (including MRSA and VRE) were seen.