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Nutritional considerations in patients with pressure ulcers

from Wound Care Advisor

Optimizing nutritional status is a key strategy both in preventing and managing pressure ulcers. In patients across all care settings, compromised nutrition — as from poor intake, undesired weight loss and malnutrition — increases the risk of pressure ulcers. It contributes to altered immune function, impaired collagen synthesis and decreased tensile strength. In many cases, malnutrition also contributes to wound chronicity and increases the risk for delayed and impaired wound healing. In patients with chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers, a chronic inflammatory state can induce catabolic metabolism, malnutrition and dehydration. more

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