Maggot therapy: a literature review of methods and patient experience

Br J Nurs. 2012 Mar;21(5):S38-42. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2012.21.Sup5.S38.


Used in wound-bed preparation, larval therapy can be effective both clinically and financially, if used appropriately. In this article,the author reviews contemporary literature and key research on the benefits and challenges of using this therapy for wound care. The article focuses on debridement, as well as associated antimicrobial effects and psychological issues. Considerations and cautions that may affect clinical practice, such as pain management, peri-wound skin care, different methods of application and preparing the patient both physically and psychologically are also explored.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods*
  • Debridement / psychology
  • Humans
  • Larva*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Wound Healing*
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*