Advanced search
ToC Feed |

D. Blueman, C. Bousfield
Journal of Wound Care, Vol. 21, Iss. 5, 10 May 2012, pp 244 - 253

Objective: To ascertain the effect of larval therapy against bacteria associated with infected chronic
wounds, and determine if larvae therapy actively reduces the bacterial load in chronic wounds.
Method: An extended literature review was undertaken using online databases: Athens, Medline,
EMBASE, British Nursing Index and Allied and Complementary Medicine via OV ID and Cumulative Index
to Nursing and Allied Health. Key terms were searched worldwide from 1950 to 2011.
Results: Four themes emerged: Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, MRSA, quorum sensing: biofilm consideration and bacterial burden. This suggests larvae debridement therapy is differentially effective against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains, namely Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Conclusion: The evidence supports the use of antimicrobial properties of larvae therapy against the bacteria of infected chronic wounds.
Declaration of interest: There were no external sources of funding for this literature review. This
paper is based on an independent study submitted as part of the BSc Health Care Studies, (Tissue Viability), University of Nottingham, UK. The authors have no competing or financial interest to declare and ethical approval and funding were not required to undertake the study.

Return to article listing

To view this article

information You cannot access this article because you do not have a valid subscription. Please use the options below to create a subscription. If you have any queries about your account please contact our subscriptions department or telephone free 0800 137201 (UK callers only) or +44 (0)1722 716997 for callers outside the UK.

Existing users sign in Personal subscription 24 Hour access Pay per article