Comvita Medihoney Apinate Dressings 5 x 10 cm x 10 cm
By combining alginate fibres with UMF Active Manuka Honey, a superior dressing has been created, evolved from the pioneering research of Professor Molan at Waikato University. The dressings are easily applied and are non-adherent, whilst providing the healing and antibacterial effects of Active UMF Manuka Honey. Alginate fibre dressings have advanced wound care worldwide, but it is the ability to combine these remarkable fibres with the beneficial effects of the Active Manuka honey, which make the Apinate Dressings so unique and universal. They carry the CE mark as a Registered Medical Device. Supplied in a pack of 5 10cm x 10 cm dressings, which can be cut to the size required.
Cut to size and change at least once daily or when the honey appears to be diluted. Keep in place using tape and a bandage, or a waterproof dressing to allow normal daily activities to occur unimpeded
– UMF Active Manuka Honey and Alginate Fibre Dressing
– CE marked Registered Medical Device
How does ApiNate work?
The phytochemical (non-hydrogen peroxide) antibacterial activity of UMF Active Manuka Honey has a broad spectrum of activity effective against several strains of bacteria. Impregnated into highly absorbent alginate fibre, a superior dressing is created which has all the attributes of the ideal wound dressing.
· anti-inflammatory (honey)
· moist wound healing environment (honey)
· odour control (honey)
· low adherence when changing dressings (honey)
· osmotic action (honey)
· antibacterial protection (honey)
· debriding (honey)
· wound tissue re growth (honey)
· reduces scarring (honey)
· absorbency (alginate)
· honey stays on the wound (alginate)
What is ApiNate used for?
ApiNate may be used on partial and full thickness wounds including:
· Sloughy, Necrotic or Granulating Wounds
· Pressure Ulcers
· Leg Ulcers
· Surgical Wounds
· Malodorous (smelly) Wounds
· Fungating tumours
· Diabetic foot ulcers
· Infected/heavily colonised wounds
How to apply ApiNate
· ApiNate dressings come in a convenient 10cmx10cm size, large enough to cover most wounds
· Ensure aseptic techniques are utilised when treating wounds (hygienic handling practices)
· The dressing should be large enough to cover the wound and any surrounding redness (which may indicate inflammation)
· A waterproof, adhesive dressing placed over the ApiNate dressing will ensure that ApiNate stays in place and will allow normal daily activities to occur unimpeded. Alternatively, a dry secondary dressing may be applied and kept in place with tape or a bandage
· The frequency of dressing change required when using ApiNate depends on the level of wound exudate. Alginate fibres transform to a gel when wound exudate is absorbed into them and have a great capacity for absorbing fluid. This reduces the soakage into secondary dressings which can occur on exuding wounds. If sufficient honey is kept on the wound by changing the dressings frequently enough to manage the level of exudate then the level of exudate will decrease, and less frequent dressing changes will be needed. This is because the inflammation that causes wound exudate will rapidly subside as a result of the anti-inflammatory action of honey. If, however, dressings are not changed frequently enough and the honey is diluted by exudate, then the anti-inflammatory activity is minimised and the wound will continue to ooze. With frequency of dressing change matched to manage the level of exudate, it is possible to get a highly exuding wound to a point where dressings can be changed weekly.
· Between dressing changes, gently clean the wound with warm, sterile saline or water
While using ApiNate
Take Comvita’s Propolis Tablets (VP100T) or Propolis Tincture (VP25R), which are rich in bioflavonoids, alongside topical treatment, to support healing.
Contraindications and Side Effects
· Some stinging may occur on application. This is due to honey’s acidity and will ease as the inflammation in the wound decreases. If pain persists, remove the dressing and wash any residual honey off the wound/surrounding skin
· ApiNate contains high levels of glucose. Although no instance of increased levels of sugar in the bloodstream has been reported, it is advisable to monitor the blood sugar levels of diabetic patients
Ø Please use in conjunction with a healthcare professional’s advice
Ø Keep this information for future reference
Ø The information on this page is for ApiNate dressings only. Please do not apply this information to other dressings that may contain similar ingredient