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What nurses need to know about the application of larval therapy

In chronic wound management the potential for healing increases following effective debridement. Indeed, it has been suggested that debridement’s effect on chronic wound healing is similar in impact to the relief of pressure in preventing pressure ulceration. Debridement can be performed using a number of methods, but larval debridement has recognised benefits, including the breakdown of necrotic tissue; removal of microbes; wound cleansing; and breakdown of biofilm. The reduction of malodour in the wound can also help increase patients’ self-esteem and overall wellbeing. This article looks at the use of larval therapy in a community setting, which can be particularly cost-effective as rapid debridement swiftly reduces the bacterial load, helping to lessen the potential for hospital admission.