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Nadine Dorries
My secret maggots
Posted Friday, 16 March 2007 at 13:59



I have signed an EDM this week giving my support for the use of maggots for wound debridement therapy. I first used maggots to clean a wound almost twenty years ago.


One night I admitted an eighteen year old man onto the ward post surgery following a motorbike accident.


The consultant who operated on him went on to achieve fame for knee replacement surgery, so I shan’t name him, however, in this case, when this young man came into A&E, the surgeon was faced with two choices – to save the young man's leg and life, or initially clean up his extensive wounds before surgery. Taking him into surgery with a leg and groin full of tarmac and dirt posed a risk of post op infection.


Life won. His leg and groin was doused in iodine and he was operated on straight away.


As one could have predicted, his leg was saved, however, nasty post op infection did take hold and began to win the day. Two trips back to theatre to remove rotting tissue and clean the wound took place but this poor boy was struggling. Anti-biotics were losing the battle.


The surgeon was a keen fisherman.


I was stood in the ward kitchen late one night having a cup of tea, when suddenly the surgeon appeared in the doorway, dressed in a waxed jacket and a pair of wellies.


He asked about the young man and I offered him a cup of tea as he put a suspicious looking bag on the table. He then asked me if I would consider doing something rather unusual for him!


To cut a long story short, every night after the drug round, he would turn up with a lovely box of writhing maggots. We put them all over the boy's leg onto the areas of necrotic and infected tissue, held in place, very simply, with gauze and a crepe bandage.


We called them our little puss munchers. They were fantastic. The boy's leg was as clean as a whistle within a week. It was a three way secret. Every morning I had to dash into his cubicle, unwrap the crepe bandage and scoop the fat swollen full little maggots into a plastic bag. I was terrified of leaving one in the bed and being caught out! How would we have explained a maggot in the bed?


The consultant, every morning on the ward round, had to listen to the sister wax lyrical about how her nursing care was miraculously working!


The proposal now is to use sterile specially bred maggots. There was absolutely nothing sterile about ours –  I suppose they were cultivated, however, they were a darn sight cleaner than the wound. Each maggot is, in itself, a little sterile self contained unit and they love nothing more than to munch on a nice bit of infected flesh and puss. No surgery, no anaesthetist, minimal anti-biotics, easy on the patient, low-cost, reduced risk of cross infection, speedy, proven. What else did God create maggots for? So that British anglers could pretend to catch fish on a Sunday afternoon? I don’t think so!


So, every nurse and doctor out there, save the NHS a small fortune. Get over your squeamishness and get with the maggots - after all, they can’t eat you…..much!

Cornish Pastie said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Commented on this 2 days ago.I'd rather hear about your day at the zoo
Colin D said:
Responded: Saturday, 17 March 2007
Tis practice/procedure was used in the RAF Hospital at Halton in 1961. I know I was there.
Katie said:
Responded: Saturday, 17 March 2007
This is 16th century treatment, pity the NHS may have to regress in order to save money. I believe soldiers with infected wounds in WW1 healed quicker than others once Mr. Blowfly had become involved. Leeches are also an age old treatment to assist bloodflow ( maggotts and leeches...why does the mind wander to political phase..). I don't know why Mother Nature makes people so squeamish when it could be such a benefit.
Anonymouse said:
Responded: Saturday, 17 March 2007
Come on Nadine,these's a limit to how many times you can read about the maggott therapy, I need my medicine cos I'm one of the thousands with an addiction and I'm ready for my next daily 'fix' and I want to know when your going to write it! Under new EU regulations any Blogging MP has to complete a fresh Blog at least once every 24 hour period.
Responded: Saturday, 17 March 2007
Come on Nadine, Come on Nadine Sunk in Labour faces They're so resigned to what their fate is But not us, no not us We are far too young and clever We'll vote conservative for ever If you would just write for us Come on Nadine, Come on Nadine
Andrew said:
Responded: Saturday, 17 March 2007
I have a rather nasty ingrown toenail, but being a poor student the cost of going to a doctor to get it fixed is a bit much. Would maggots help to clean it up in the short term?
Katie said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
Hey back off people, Nadine's words of wisdom will flow when she's ready. The lady's just moved house, has teenage children to look after, dogs to walk at all hours, on top of which she is a B****y hardworking Member of Parliament,and you want her to to tell you a story? Just pick up a paper or switch on the radio, she's bound to be on it.
Paul in Flitwick said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
If you want maggots for free then come round to my house during the summer, thanks to Mid Bed Councils fortnightly collections we have plenty in our bin every fortnight to give away.
Paul Cawood said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
My grandad served in the war in malaya. This was standard treatment for cases that couldnt be evacuated due to operations in enemy territory. This technique was learned off NCO's that served in Burma in WW2. Nothing new here really.
John said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
I reckon there'll have to change Beds on Sunday to Nadine on Sunday. I don't know why idiot remarks are made by John Ball when referring to Nadine. He contradicts himself ..if you volunteer, you don't get paid Mr Ball. The pathetic sexiest remarks made prior is unnecessary. If he was referring to a male no stupid remark would have been made. I thought we had moved on from that. I don't know why Nadine puts up with it.
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
Nadine must be in the middle of another Whirlwind, Global Warming must be getting worse! Must be up Nottingham so no bedtime story tonight!
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
Has Nadine noticed I wonder that her name is wriotten no less than FIVE times on the front of the BOS. It amkes you wonder what they had to write about before she became our MP.
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