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KRUUSE Manuka Honey Wound Dressings - the superior choice in wound management n T ORE A M M N R LEA E.CO RUUS K . W WW KRUUSE Manuka is 100% Manuka honey: Profits of the sale are being returned directly to the Maori tribe that oversees production of Manuka honey. The antimicrobial potency in Manuka honey is rated by a standardized rating known as Unique Manuka Factor(UMF). The higher UMF, the better antimicrobial effect. As a minimum a UMF of 10 is required to ensure sufficient effect in the wound environment. The official Waikato scale rates Manuka honey from 1 to 15 UMF (1 Low 15 High). This is also referred to as the N.P.A (Non Peroxide Activity). n KRUUSE Manuka Honey Wound Dressings have a Unique Manuka Factor of 15. One of the biggest difficulties with the use of honey in wound dressing is ensuring that once applied it stays applied over the wound area. Many companies have attempted to coat or impregnate dressings to achieve this but have been unsuccessful. Often the active honey ingredient is left within the packaging reducing the effectiveness of the dressing New n KRUUSE Manuka dressings come from a process that has successfully impregnated the active honey within the dressing Infected equine carpal wound. One Manuka AD 10 x 12.5 cm dressing applied Improvement after 4 days with a single dressing KRUUSE Manuka Honey background Honey as a wound dressing has recently re-emerged medically following centuries of anecdotal use throughout the world. For over 2000 years honey has been used as a topical anti-microbial agent and dressing. Honey contains glucose oxidase imparted by the bees during its collection and storage. This enzyme facilitates low level release of hydrogen peroxide when in the presence of wound exudates and thus supports cellular proliferation and metabolism through an antioxidant effect. The high sugar and low pH content creates a high osmotic potential which gives honey excellent debridement and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey derived from the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) has its own unique chemical properties. Sometimes wrongly referred to as the New Zealand Tea tree, the Manuka tree actually contains a wider range of active compounds and much higher antibiotic activity than the popular Australian Tea tree. In addition, Manuka is less irritating to the skin compared to the Tea tree. This is the key to Manuka’s superior performance as an antibacterial wound dressing, allowing it to maintain antimicrobial action. This antibacterial activity is primarily due to hydrogen peroxide generated by an enzyme that the bees add to the nectar. Some floral sources provide additional antibacterial components. There is a restricted annual supply of Manuka honey, as this unique products supply is controlled by a small number of producers in New Zealand. Many of the products available use blends of Manuka honey with other poorer quality honeys. These will be less effective. www.kruuse.com