larval 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

larval therapy

The use of maggots that feed on dead and infected tissue to assist in the healing of serious wounds. Used in rare cases in which healing is hampered by the resistance of the infecting organisms to antibiotics.

larval therapy

; microsurgery treatment of chronically infected (including meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]), heavily sloughed or necrotic wounds by application of sterile greenbottle fly maggots (Lucilia sericata ); maggots reduce wound pain and odour (by ingesting necrotic and infected tissue) and promote wound healing (by altering wound pH, secreting antimicrobial substances and promoting growth factor release)
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Cost effectiveness analysis of larval therapy for leg ulcers.
It was found that larval therapy significantly reduced the time to debridement compared with hydrogel.
The company specialises in the development, manufacture and use of larval therapy products used to support the treatment of chronic, infected and necrotic wounds through effective debridement.
As we are already at the cutting edge of research in the larval therapy arena, our intention is to broaden our product range, which is where Suzanne's immense experience in quality assurance and regulation, and Alan's track record in R&D and production will be invaluable in enhancing our spectrum of innovative products.
Its chief executive Dr Tim Coombs said, "Over the next five years we aim to bring the benefits of larval therapy to a wide audience internationally, and these important appointments will play a significant part in achieving that.
Virtually every hospital uses larval therapy in one form or another and they key area for growth in the UK is the community market where GPs and district nurses in the community can prescribe the product and retail pharmacists dispense them, just like prescriptions for drugs.