Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers continue to be a difficult problem to manage, especially in the elderly populations. They are costly in terms of pain, as well as medical resources. The initiative Healthy People 2010 has set a goal at reducing the number of chronic wounds, more specifically pressure ulcers, by 50% in nursing home residents. (Porth & Matfin, 2009). Researchers are diligently attempting to find new, innovative, and cost-effective ways to manage chronic wounds. One solution may actually be an old remedy; honey. The purpose of this work is to provide healthcare workers with a review of the dynamics of wound healing and current knowledge regarding honey as a treatment option for chronic wounds. An increased knowledge about wound healing and treatment options may translate into improved outcomes for patients and optimal utilization of resources