2003 – Tissue Viability

Tissue viability is the clinical term used to describe methods of wound care. This can mean care of lesions, amputation, surgical wounds, leg ulcers and other skin healing after care problems. It is essential during recovery that patients are given clinical support to promote regeneration of healthy tissue.

Helen Boon OBE, delivered two advanced courses in wound care to 22 nurse students at KCMC during 2001 and 2002.

In March 2003 two Tanzanian nurses, Carolin Lissu and Oliva Msuya arrived at Northumbria to learn how to use maggot therapy to clean wounds. The two nurses observed how maggots are used to clean dead and infected skin in the hopes of saving the limb.

At KCMC the department of Dermatology had already begun building a maggot farm where indigenous flies could be used to locally save lives.

Since the farm opened in 2004 ‘maggot therapy’ has become available as an economic form of treatment for persistent wound problems.

Describing the Northumbria KCMC partnership, Sister Oliva explained “The collaboration has been very fruitful; it has helped us to improve our nursing services and encouraged us to change ideas”.