The strength of sutures plays a crucial role in wound healing and overall surgical outcomes. Strong sutures are essential for maintaining wound closure, supporting tissue approximation, and withstanding the mechanical stresses and tension that the wound may encounter during the healing process. Adequate suture strength ensures that the wound edges remain properly aligned, minimizing the risk of dehiscence (wound opening) and facilitating the formation of a robust scar.
Does Medical Grade Honey impact suture material?
In wound care, it is essential to look into the impact of dressings supporting healing on sutures as it ensures the compatibility and integrity of the suture material, which directly influences the effectiveness of wound healing and surgical outcomes.
The application of Medical Grade Honey (MGH) proved to have a positive impact on wound healing in general. Among others, it accelerates the healing process, reduces inflammation, has antimicrobial activities. However, its effect on suture material remained unexplored – up until now.
The new publication presents an in-depth evaluation of the impact of MGH on the tensile properties of three synthetic absorbable suture materials commonly used in equine surgery. The findings provide valuable insights into the use of MGH as a safe and effective adjunct to enhance wound care in equine patients.
Wound management is important in equine surgery, and the prevention of surgical site infections (SSI) is a key consideration. The new publication focuses on evaluating the influence of Medical Grade Honey on the tensile properties of synthetic absorbable sutures. Understanding the effects of Medical Grade Honey on suture materials is essential for ensuring optimal wound healing outcomes in equine patients.
The in vitro experiments involved incubating strands of Polydioxanone USP 2 (PD2), Polyglactin 910 USP 2 (PG2), and Polyglecaprone USP 2-0 (PC2-0) in various solutions, including MGH, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), equine plasma (EP), and MGH mixed with equine plasma (HP). Mechanical testing recorded maximum load at failure, strain at failure, and Young’s modulus.
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Effect Medical Grade Honey on suture material
- PD2 immersed in MGH exhibited significantly higher tensile strength compared to PD2 in EP and PBS, indicating the positive impact of MGH on the suture material.
- PG2 incubated in MGH demonstrated a significantly higher tensile strength compared to PG2 in EP and PBS throughout the entire study duration, highlighting the potential of MGH in enhancing suture strength.
- PC2-0 immersed in MGH exhibited significantly higher tensile strength compared to PC2-0 in EP and PBS, further supporting the safe application of MGH in equine surgery.
Conclusion impact Medical Grade Honey
The publication concludes that MGH does not compromise the tensile strength of commonly used suture materials in equine surgery. This valuable insight offers veterinarians the confidence to incorporate Medical Grade Honey in their wound care protocols without concerns about detrimental effects on suture integrity.