SurgihoneyRO™ anticmicrobial wound gel is an approved medical device (dressing) for treating a wide range of acute and chronic wounds including: leg ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, skin graft sites and surgical wounds.
In 2017, the NHS through’s guidance on the treatment of common infections recognised Reactive Oxygen® wound gel (SurgihoneyRO™ ) as a treatment for venous leg ulcers to reduce bacterial load and infection, explaining it could help reduce antibiotic use. (28 )
SurgihoneyRO™ (formerly known as Surgihoney) is a natural product that has been bioengineered to provide a managed and consistent level of antimicrobial activity. It supports the body’s defence system to combat infection and stimulate healing.
Its broad-spectrum antimicrobial action comes from the release of hydrogen peroxide, a reactive oxygen species (ROS), at therapeutic levels to the infection site for a prolonged period. 6) Laboratory testing suggests this can be for up to three days.(1)
SurgihoneyRO™ is highly effective against common wound-infecting bacteria, including multi-drug resistant strains such as MRSA and Pseudomonas. Laboratory testing has also demonstrated antibiofilm action.(15) ROS promotes wound healing at a cellular level by acting as secondary messengers to cells involved in the repair process and new tissue generation.(13)
In a multi-centre clinical evaluation, SurgihoneyRO™ was observed to help a wide range of wounds progress toward healing – leg ulcers, pressure ulcers, surgical wounds, diabetic foot ulcers and trauma.(16)Read the paper.
SurgihoneyRO™ is a sterile, multi-action wound gel:
- Effective de-sloughing agent which helps to clean the wound bed and prepare it for healing (16)
- Provides a barrier to help keep a moist wound environment which aids healing
- Broad spectrum antimicrobial action in vitro against Gram-positive, Gram-negative and multi-drug resistant bacteria, including MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (1)
- Fast-acting – kills bacteria in vitro in as little as 30 minutes (1)
- Prevents and disrupts in vitro(15,27)
- Reduces pain & inflammation (16)
- Provides nutrients (glucose) to stimulate granulation tissue formation and promote healing
- Viscous nature protects and makes dressing changes easier (less painful)
Benefits of SurgihoneyRO™ compared to other antimicrobial agents
|Hydrocolloid / Alginate products||Silver dressings||Antispectics (e.g. iodine, chlorhexidine)||SurgihoneyRO™|
|Promotes wound healing at a cellular level|
|Local wound nutrition|
are communities of bacteria and other micro-organisms living within a self-secreted and protective matrix. The majority of chronic wounds are believed to contain a , which can impede healing and are highly resistant to antibiotics.
Scientists from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Resconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre, a research arm of the NHS, demonstrated SurgihoneyRO™ can prevent and disruptof 16 common wound-infecting bacteria, including MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (in vitro) (8, 15, 27)
Superior anti- action was observed compared to standard medical honeys and honey-impregnated dressings. SurgihoneyRO™ is comparable to silver-impregnated dressings in antimicrobial activity but without the toxic side-effects.(1, 15)