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, 16 (21), 1346-8, 1350-2

Nutritional Support for Patients With Infected Wounds


Nutritional Support for Patients With Infected Wounds

Helen Ord. Br J Nurs.


Many factors affect wound healing, including nutritional status and recent nutritional intake. Patients with infected wounds have increased requirements for nutrients and often have a reduced food intake. It is therefore important that nutritional status is carefully considered, and all patients should be screened for malnutrition using a nutrition screening tool. Nutrition plans should aim to provide sufficient energy while maintaining good glycaemic control, adequate protein and hydration, and a minimum of 100% reference nutrient intake for micronutrients. Measures required to achieve this will vary, as all patients should be assessed on an individual basis.

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