Maggots used to clean wounds in NHS as antibiotics fail some patients

Live maggots are being increasingly used to clean wounds by the NHS amid the threat of antibiotic resistance threatening patients’ well-being … According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, the treatment – which involves applying sterilised fly larvae to wounds to eat dead tissue – was common practice in the first half of the 20th century, but faded with the use of antibiotics in the 1940s … However, thanks to antibiotic resistance, maggots are again being used in the NHS and overseas. The paper reports that superbugs kill around 700,000 people a year, a figure predicted to reach 10 million by 2050 … read more

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