Thursday, March 01, 2007

Across the Pond: Is the NHS "Buggy?"

I really shouldn't make fun of this [ed: but you're going to anyway, aren't you?], but this newest cost-cutting move by England's "much vaunted National Health Service" is too good to pass up:

"THE NHS could save a fortune, free up beds and prevent killer bug MRSA by treating wounds with MAGGOTS.

The larvae take only five days to clean a wound compared to 89 with more conventional treatments."

I'd heard of using leeches to "restore circulation in blocked blood veins," but this technique goes a step further; touted as a replacement for anti-biotics, these little bugs could save the government-run health system millions of pounds.

It may be only a matter of time before this medical breakthrough catches on over here. I suppose that means that Bob and I will have to stop referring to home office critters as "lousy maggots."
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