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.
Good nutritional care of the patient with wounds includes a timely nutrition screening to identify risk factors early on, a thorough nutrition assessment, monitoring of meal intake, body weight, and healing, and finally, periodic reassessment particularly if the wound is not progressing toward closure. Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) if nutrition is a problem.