The benefits of larval therapy in wound care

Nurs Stand. 2004;19(7):70, 72, 74 passim. doi: 10.7748/ns.19.7.70.s60.


This article discusses the role of larval therapy as an alternative to conventional treatment for acute or chronic wounds that respond poorly to conventional treatment (Courtenay 1999). Although not suitable for all wound types, this treatment is versatile and safe to use in hospitals and community settings (Davies 2004). In certain clinical situations, such as eliminating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, larval therapy is considered to be a proven alternative in modern wound management (Brocklesby 2002).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bandages, Hydrocolloid
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Debridement / economics
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Diptera*
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Middle Aged
  • Wound Infection / prevention & control
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*