WOUND AND SKIN CARE: Maggot debridement therapy: A living cure
ROSEMARY DRISDELLE ART

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Nursing2014
June 2003 
Volume 33  Number 6
Pages 17 - 17
 
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ABSTRACT
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  • How it works

  • Applying maggots



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  • MAGGOTS CAN debride a wound more quickly (and more cheaply) than standard treatments such as hydrogel dressings. Known as maggot debridement therapy (MDT), larval therapy, biotherapy, and biosurgery, treatment with maggots can help heal stubborn ulcers, save limbs, eradicate antibiotic-resistant organisms, and shorten hospital stays.

    How it works

    Maggots don't bite or chew their food. Instead, they secrete proteolytic enzymes that break down dead tissue and liquefy it for ingestion. Their secretions also induce fibroblast production, which speeds healing. As they feed, maggots ingest bacteria, which die during digestion. Maggot secretions can even kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    For these reasons, MDT is often a good alternative to surgical debridement ...

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