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Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




The purpose of this paper is to describe the rationale for Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT) and the development of a practice model. Chronic wounds are a growing problem in health care. Debridement of a wound is an essential component of wound healing as the presence of devitalized tissue can impede the healing process. Even with today's high-tech medicine there are still times we need to resort back to the basic and simple principles from nature that may help combat medical problems. The use of maggot larvae for wound debridement has made resurgence into wound management in the last 15 years. This paper outlines and follows the development of a maggot debridement and implementation program at large medical center in Middle America.


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