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  1. Visit  nerdtonurse? profile page
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    Quote from Paco386
    What's scary is that this man's partner is going to be some other unknowing person's partner someday
    Oh, my God. I didn't even think of this. "Oh, I've recently lost my life partner......I'm just so devastated....oh, by the way, do you have long standing untreated diabetes, it really turns me on...."

    I'm gonna barf.
  2. Visit  indigo girl profile page
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    Quote from pellykate
    Uhhhh... how often does a nurse have to deal with maggots? Seriously, that's the only thing in this world that grosses me all the way out. I mean, I'm still going to follow course, but please somebody, tell me this isn't going to be a regular thing.

    Not a REGULAR thing certainly, but if you work long enough, you will likely see them as well head lice, pubic lice, tape worms/other worms, scabies, and lots of other interesting things that human beings can be hosts to. It's an interesting planet that we live on...
    Last edit by indigo girl on Aug 7, '10
  3. Visit  TDFlMedicRN profile page
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    Quote from pellykate
    Uhhhh... how often does a nurse have to deal with maggots? Seriously, that's the only thing in this world that grosses me all the way out. I mean, I'm still going to follow course, but please somebody, tell me this isn't going to be a regular thing.
    They are actually used as a wound care modality at times, under controlled conditions, since they only eat necrotic tissue, so you may very well see them in the hospital setting.

    Leeches, too.
  4. Visit  klondike profile page
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    Used to be a PM. Had to go into a trailer one time for a pukin, crappin, GI bleeder alcoholic who had been in bed ten days with a friend bringing him his booze. Had to have the police and animal control come to remove the snarling, 'get to hell away from my buffet' dogs before we could actually reach him. We had to wear masks and air tanks. They called him " Swede " The story goes he was Norwegian and they were the ones who came up with the title Swede. He lived to do it a few more times.
  5. Visit  RetRN77 profile page
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    Quote from indigo girl
    I did look and, I am having a problem finding specific references to pain associated with therapy.

    I did find this video on applying maggot therapy to be of interest, however:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=813hObVPZLo
    When I was a student on my peds rotation, the Children's Hospital had no air conditioning. We had a teen hospitalized with a compound fracture. As a result of the fact there were open windows, even though screened, a fly had found its way into his room and laid eggs under his cast in the surgical wound. We had to use ether treatments a couple of times a day to attempt to get rid of them. Even that long ago, one of the residents mentioned that the maggots would be helpful.

    The teen was, like the rest of us, pretty freaked by the whole affair. He did not, of course, like the sensation of them, but he never mentioned any pain associated with them.
  6. Visit  indigo girl profile page
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    Quote from RetRN77
    When I was a student on my peds rotation, the Children's Hospital had no air conditioning. We had a teen hospitalized with a compound fracture. As a result of the fact there were open windows, even though screened, a fly had found its way into his room and laid eggs under his cast in the surgical wound. We had to use ether treatments a couple of times a day to attempt to get rid of them. Even that long ago, one of the residents mentioned that the maggots would be helpful.

    The teen was, like the rest of us, pretty freaked by the whole affair. He did not, of course, like the sensation of them, but he never mentioned any pain associated with them.
    Yes, I have seen them under a cast also. Our patient did not complain. I think that it was only a half cast, though that we could remove easily enough to deal with the critters. I do remember being paged overhead by my panicked DON to do something about them, and she was probably thinking that we would be sued. I was the nursing supervisor in this 600 bed nursing home at the time. Luckily, I had already had my ICU experience with maggots behind me so that I knew that the patient was not in any danger.
  7. Visit  FranEMTnurse profile page
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    Excellent video Indigo girl. I liked it so much I watched part 2 also.Thank you so much for posting it.
  8. Visit  indigo girl profile page
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    Looks quite simple, does it not? I could see doing this. Looks like just a regular wound dressing change except for the helpful critters.

    Using the maggots for most of us has been quite by accident, of course. Too bad, really. They do help.
  9. Visit  ScottE profile page
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    Quote from pellykate
    Uhhhh... how often does a nurse have to deal with maggots? Seriously, that's the only thing in this world that grosses me all the way out. I mean, I'm still going to follow course, but please somebody, tell me this isn't going to be a regular thing.

    Not all that often. Maggot's are sometimes used in debridement of wounds. Leaches are sometimes used in reattachment/reconstruction surgeries. However, you'll likely never come in contact with them unless you are in some highly specialized unit.
  10. Visit  FranEMTnurse profile page
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    Quote from indigo girl
    Looks quite simple, does it not? I could see doing this. Looks like just a regular wound dressing change except for the helpful critters.

    Using the maggots for most of us has been quite by accident, of course. Too bad, really. They do help.
    It definitely does.
  11. Visit  DesertColor profile page
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    My understanding is that maggots only eat necrotic flesh, not healthy flesh. That's why they're so effective for wound therapy.

    Given the extremely poor level of hygiene reported about his living situation, it would follow that this poor fellow's back was in terrible shape, likely with deep pressure ulcers. I would have liked to see more information about the whole medical situation. This, to me, was rather sensationalized and in all likelihood further perpetuated inaccurate myths about maggots, which is unfortunate, given their potential value in difficult would-healing situations.
  12. Visit  ritse profile page
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    well.. all i can say.. there's something fishy... i mean.. it could be a crime itself... maggots eating a man to death? unless it was in purpose. ive seen a lot of cases like this on csi and on crime series and reality shows. if a thing is so doubtful, consider it doubtful. investigate. i think and hope they should really investigate on that. i know, it was not an accidental death. may be negligent. negligence is a crime.

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