The role of nutrition in prevention and healing of pressure ulcers

Clin Geriatr Med. 1997 Aug;13(3):497-511. doi: 10.1201/9781420005493.ch32.


Among the many risk factors for pressure ulcers, malnutrition is potentially reversible. This article examines the relationship of malnutrition to the prevention and healing of pressure ulcers. Evidence for nutrition in preventing and healing pressure ulcers is presented. Specific nutrients, including some amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, have been evaluated for their effects on wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutritional Support*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology*
  • Pressure Ulcer / prevention & control*
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / complications*
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / diagnosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Wound Healing*