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The vital role of nutrition in wound healing

The aim of this article is to illustrate the important role of good nutrition in promoting wound healing. Nurses working in the community and GP practices are faced with different wound types, as part of daily nursing care. These include pressure sores, leg ulcers and wounds due to surgery or trauma. Malnutrition is a major contributory factor in pressure sore development and wound-related complications. Wounds require an adequate supply of protein and calories for satisfactory healing (Breslow et al 1993). After reading this article you should be able to: #2; Explain why it is important to provide good nutrition to patients with healing wounds. #2; Recognise malnutrition or the risk of malnutrition in patients with wounds. #2; List the key nutrients in wound healing and summarise their specific roles. #2; Suggest appropriate ways to improve the diet of patients with pressure sores and other wounds, using: a) Normal foods b) Specialist products. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Primary Health Care Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

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