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J Wound Care. 2013 Oct;22(10 Suppl):S27-30.

Venous ulceration contaminated by multi-resistant organisms: larval therapy and debridement.

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  • 1Vascular/ Wound Management Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery Unit, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, Australia.


A 72-year-old female with venous insufficiency presented to a hospital-based multidisciplinary wound clinic after 20 years of recurrent episodes of venous leg ulcers. Examination showed bilateral leg ulcers with no evidence of arterial insufficiency, but complicated by considerable devitalised tissue, abnormally high bacterial load and the presence of multi-resistant organisms. The ulcers were initially treated with larvae to aid debridement and reduce the bacterial load, prior to skin grafting. Although ulcer free for a period of 4 months, further debridement was required when the skin condition deteriorated. Surgical intervention was chosen as the preferred method by the surgeons for a second acute care admission using hydrosugery, along with supplementary skin grafts and compression. Ongoing management, consisting of regular debridement, skin care and compression therapy, continues.

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