Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

NOVIEMBRE 2014 N° 9 Volumen 17

Treating a leg ulcer with honey. Clinical case

Section: Hands on

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Ruiz Sánchez JJ, Romero Sánchez M, Moreno Prieto D. Cura de úlcera en la pierna con miel. Caso clínico. Metas Enferm nov 2014; 17(9): 6-9.


1Juan José Ruiz Sánchez, 1Marcos Romero Sánchez, 1Daniel Moreno Prieto


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Vascular lesions in lower limbs represent a health problem with major socioeconomic and healthcare consequences; there is not an unique and effective treatment for them.
The purpose of this article is to contribute to the existing knowledge about the topical use of honey for treating this type of lesions, and its application on clinical practice.
The clinical case of A.M.L. is presented: an 80-year-old patient with a venous ulcer in the right lower limb, with two months of evolution. Nursing diagnosis: deterioration of cutaneous integrity caused by an ulcer in the external face of the right ankle tibia, associated with venous insufficiency in lower limbs. Expected result: complete scarring of the ulcer within six months (NOC: Wound healing: by second intention). Nursing intervention: The treatment for wound healing is established by applying honey on it three times per week (NIC: Wound care). After a fast initial scarring of the wound cavity, and removal of the small sloughing in the wound bed, the lesion gets complicated and worsens, and healing is established with hydrocolloid dressing with silicone and compression three times per week. Complete wound scarring was achieved at approximately three months and a half since the initiation of the second intervention.
More studies are required in order to establish the safe and effective use of honey as treatment for venous ulcers in lower limbs.


Honey; leg ulcer; clinical case; wounds; knowledge management

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Cura de úcera en la pierna con miel. Caso clínico