I am fascinated by the different ways we can look at tackling Urinary Tract Infections. At Camstent we use polymers to prevent the formation of biofilms but the research carried out by Professor Collignon's team say manuka honey is also effective. I like this idea but early days in the research phase. Wishing the team the best of luck. I for one will continue watching their progress.
Manuka honey could prevent serious urinary tract infections caused by catheters – tubes used to drain patients’ bladders, new laboratory research has found. The research showed honey from New Zealand’s manuka plant slows the speed of bacterial growth and formation of biofilms, which are thin layers that build up on surfaces and harbour infection. The investigators used the findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, to suggest flushing diluted manuka honey through the catheter may help prevent urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections can be life-threatening. They account for 40% of hospital-acquired infections, while catheter-associated urinary tract infections make up 80% of this group.