Maggot Debridement Therapy

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The use of disinfected fly larvae (green bottle fly, Phaenicia sericata, Medical Maggots™) to clean skin wounds and soft tissue which have necrotic tissue in the wounds that slow healing
Indications Debridment of non-healing necrotic skin and soft tissue wounds, including pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers, and non-healing traumatic or post surgical wounds
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Growth effects of Phaenicia sericata larval extracts on fibroblasts: mechanism for wound healing by maggot therapy.
In maggot therapy, clean, sterile, baby maggots (one to two millimetres) are applied to a wound for a three-day period in a special sealed bag, allowing them to breathe but not escape.
Maggot therapy and the 'yuk" factor: An issue for the patient?
Considering the significance of maggot therapy, establishing an insectary for mass rearing of larvae to provide hospitals and medical centers with Lucilia larvae is important.
Maggot therapy was routinely performed by thousands of physicians until the mid 1940s, when its use was supplanted by new antibiotics and surgical techniques which emerged from the Second World War.
Maggot therapy was very popular in the 1930s until it was superseded by the arrival of antibiotics and modern surgical procedures.
Editor's note: In my role as WOCN I have used Maggot Therapy to remove necrotic tissue.
The Bridgend-based company ZooBiotic has developed a new dressing system that will allow maggot therapy to be used worldwide.