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Maggot News – Clinical Trials, Wound Care and Surgical Theatre Closings in the UK

Posted Jul 09 2009 4:45pm

If individuals have wounds that will not heal, the University in Cardiff can perhaps enroll you in the trial.  A children’s hospital in Bristol in the UK is also using maggots and honey. 

“At Bristol Children's Hospital, nurses are using manuka honey – which is made from bees that feed on flowers found only in New Zealand – to treat severe nappy rash, particularly on babies who have undergone chemotherapy and for lesions caused by meningococcal septicaemia.” image

But wait over at Aberdeen, some of these maggots may have gotten lose or got in without being invited as 3 surgical theatres had to be closed due to maggot infestation.  I don’t think these maggots are in the same class as mentioned in the two articles above.  I think we have a case here of the good maggot and the bad maggots.  BD

Cardiff University is teaming up with Bridgend-based ZooBiotic, the UK's only commercial producer of medicinal-quality larvae for the 12-month trial.

Eight hospitals across England and Wales will collaborate on the project.

Researchers will gather evidence over 12 months how effective maggots can be in speeding up healing and cutting the length of hospital stays.

This is a randomized clinical trial which is the gold standard for producing evidence."

Joyce Coopey, who is 75 and from Newport is one of the first recruits to the trial.

She sustained a leg injury when a thief snatched her handbag, throwing her onto a gravel path in the process.

ZooBiotic now produces 600,000 maggots, and 1,500 dressings per month from its pharmaceutical production unit, supplying a client base of more than 4,000.

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Patients wanted for maggots trial

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