Cheryl E Dunford

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Honey has been used as a wound treatment for more than 2,000 years. Greater scientific understanding of how it works, particularly as an antibacterial agent, has led practitioners to reconsider the therapeutic value of honey. Once honey is commercially available as a regulated product in the UK, practitioners will have access to an effective, alternative(More)
This case study examines the impact of a severe wound infection on a patient undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma. The study illustrates how life threatening an infection can become in a patient whose body is compromised as a consequence of both disease and chemotherapy treatment. A number of specialist products were required in(More)
Pressure sores remain a major clinical challenge for nearly every sector of health care. The Department of Health has recognised this and in the 1994/95 NHS Priorities and Planning Guidance encouraged healthcare providers to set annual targets for the reduction of the prevalence of sores by 5 per cent. It has been argued that this is not straightforward(More)
A preliminary report of this case study was first published in April 2000 in the Nursing Times (Dunford, 2000). It had a huge impact and was immediately picked up by the media. The fact that such a natural agent as honey could be responsible for healing such devastating lesions in a young adult so badly affected by meningococcal septicaemia made it(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has had a major impact on health care causing much anxiety and distress to patients and staff, and resulting in huge financial costs. It has been widely publicised by the media which in some cases has added to people's alarm. The screening, treatment and resultant isolation affects all aspects of the(More)
The use of effective, pressure-relieving equipment for the prevention and management of pressure sores is now widely accepted, as success largely depends on the reduction and redistribution of pressure away from vulnerable areas such as bony prominences. The most basic, but arguably the most important item of this equipment, is the hospital mattress. Every(More)