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. 2014 Dec;Suppl Wound Care:S6-13.
doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2014.19.Sup12.S6.

Maggot Debridement Therapy: A Systematic Review

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Maggot Debridement Therapy: A Systematic Review

Eric Shi et al. Br J Community Nurs. .

Abstract

Maggot debridement therapy is used extensively in the UK in both community and hospital situations, but remains a potentially under-used modality in many wound care markets. It promotes wound healing by performing three key processes: debridement, disinfection and growth-promoting activity. It can be used for the debridement of non-healing necrotic skin and soft tissue wounds, including pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers and non-healing traumatic of post-surgical wounds. With the increase in chronic diabetic foot wounds, maggot debridement therapy is a promising tool for health professionals dealing with difficult wounds. This article presents an overview of the research evidence surrounding maggot debridement therapy that serves as a guide to health professionals who may be users of this form of treatment now and in the future.

Keywords: Chronic; Debridement; Diabetes; Maggot; Therapy.

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