السبت 22 يونيو 2024

Medical Grade Honey Can Reduce Equine Surgical Site Infections

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Abdominal surgery is a major undertaking in horses and not without significant risks to the patient. Colic operations especially those that involve opening the gut wall risk contaminating the wound with bacteria. One of the most common complications after equine abdominal surgery is surgical site infection SSI of the abdominal incision. 
Medical grade honey MGH has been used successfully to treat established infections in both humans and animals and has been shown to improve wound healing of equine lacerations and significantly reduce infection rate. Would the application of MGH also help equine abdominal surgical wounds to heal?
A study by Dr. Kajsa Gustafsson and colleagues at the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Koret School of Veterinary Medicine part of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel investigated whether medical grade honey gel applied on the linea alba during wound closure would decrease the prevalence of incisional infections in horses undergoing colic surgery

The linea alba is the fibrous band that runs along the midline of the belly between the abdominal muscles. Being composed of fibrous connective tissue it contains no major blood vessels making it a suitable site forincisions for abdominal surgery.
In this prospective randomized controlled trial 108 horses that underwent colic surgery at Koret School of Veterinary Medicine were enrolled. Horses were randomized to a control or treatment MGH group. In the treatment group following closure of the linea alba MGH gel LMesitran Soft was placed in the incision followed by routine closure of subcutaneous tissue and skin.
Horses were