Thursday, February 28, 2008

Maggots at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Chances are if you found maggots chowing down on a wound, you'd make a beeline to the closest hospital.

But, it might surprise you to find the little buggers may be just what the doctor ordered.

Can u imagine...the next time when u go to the hospital, the doctor might actually put maggots on your wound!

MAGGOT 'microsurgeons' will be put to work at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) from next month, making it the first hospital here to use the larvae to treat its patients' festering wounds.

According to the newspapers, Maggots will be sandwiched between two pieces of gauze or other type of dressing and they are left in a wound for up to 48 hours.

The 2mm-long maggots 'treat as they eat' - they gobble up dead tissue and produce infection-fighting secretions.

With the therapy, patients who would otherwise take eight months to recover could get better in two weeks or less. The treatment is also cheaper than conventional surgery, with studies in Britain pegging savings of about 80 per cent off the medical bill.
Anyone wants dinner after reading this article?
P.S. - if u think that the image above is gross, just do a search for an image of a maggot on the internet. U will defintely be grossed out!


Ashley said...

Thats interesting i never new they used maggots in hospitals!!!
(and i dont think the picture above is discusting) lol!

shimin said...

eeee... i'll never go to TTS if i'm in an accident! )):

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