A Message from Dr. Nancy Collins

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I treat wounds, they usually look at me blankly for a few seconds and then say “like a gunshot wound?” While a gunshot is certainly one type of wound, many other types of wounds exist, including wounds from diabetes, burns, surgery, circulatory diseases, and pressure, commonly referred to as bedsores. Some of these wounds heal quickly and easily, while others linger and become an ongoing problem.

Chronic wounds are not only painful, they are costly. The obvious costs include direct medical costs, but the emotional toll is also a cost on the patient, the caregivers, and the health care providers.

Many successful advances have occurred in the topical treatment of wounds during the past decade. However, to build strong, new tissue, you also need right mix of nutrients. This site is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to promote healing from the inside out.

NUTRITION BITE  

Be Aware of Malnutrition

Protein energy malnutrition (PEM) is the most common form of malnutrition in the United States. This is a pathological state where the body’s need for protein and energy are simply not met. The body loses both subcutaneous fat and muscle mass as a result of this. PEM can develop in days or weeks, especially in patients who are already compromised. This includes people with diabetes, elderly, and any patient with a pre-existing condition where they’ve already lost a lot of weight.

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