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Nutrition and Healing




  • Includes a general nutritional assessment
  • Provides suggestions for dietary requirements for wound healing
  • Outlines the main goals of nutritional intervention
  • Includes a tabulated summary of ideas for increasing protein and energy content of foods

Nutrition and hydration are important factors in wound management. Healing is enhanced by the provision of all nutrients required for tissue restoration and strengthening of the immune system. Conversely, insufficient energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water are all associated with skin breakdown and delayed healing (Ferguson et al. 2000). This chapter explores the required nutrients for optimal wound healing and more.


Contents include

  • Anabolic and catabolic processes
  • General nutritional assessment
    • Ability to eat and drink
    • Food preferences
    • Appetite
    • Food textures
    • Hydration
    • Elimination
    • Measurable parameters
  • Nutritional requirements for wound healing
    • Energy
    • Protein
    • Fluid
    • Vitamins A and C
    • Zinc
    • Arginine and glutamine
  • Goals of nutritional intervention
    • Restoration of nutritional status
    • Providing sufficient nutrients
    • Supporting the immune system to reduce infections
    • Maintaining healthy skin once healing has occurred
  • Summary of recommendations
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Author / Editor Biographies

Accredited Practising Dietitian
Linda Kilworth is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who works as a consultant to various health care agencies in Brisbane and south-east Queensland. She has experience in nutritional management and dietetic support, dietary planning, food service and management. Linda has broad experience lecturing to nurses.

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