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The important role of nutrition in wound care

The important role of nutrition in wound care

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There is a lot of evidence that shows the vital role that nutrition plays in wound care. It demonstrates that adequate nutrition is an essential part of the wound healing process. If your body doesn’t get enough nutrition during this time, wound healing may be delayed, or the wound may become chronic and not heal at all.

Optimising your nutritional intake is important to ensure you are providing your body with what it needs to give wounds the best chance to heal.1

For some people, it may not be possible to achieve adequate levels of key nutrients that are essential for wound healing through normal food intake alone. In these cases, the use of nutritional supplementation may be beneficial and has been shown to support wound healing.1,2

Why is nutrition important for wound care?

Nutrition is an important factor as your diet provides the essential nutrients for wound healing. Optimising your nutritional intake with the nutrients that are important to support wound healing is an integral part of the wound management process.

Explore in this video the many factors that can affect wound healing, such as:

  • Smoking iconSmoking
  • Immune status iconImmune status
  • Hormones iconHormones
  • Nutrition iconNutrition
  • Age iconAge
  • Alcohol intake iconAlcohol intake
  • Gender iconGender
  • Chronic disease iconChronic disease
  • Medication iconMedication

References:

  1. William, JZ & Barbul, MD. Crit Care Nurs Clin N Am 2012;24(2):179–200.
  2. Ghaly P, et al. Br J Nurs. 2021;30(5):S38-S42.