by Caroline E. Fife, MD, FAAFP, CWS, FUHM Eligible providers must be ready to report relevant measures in a quality-based healthcare system. They might want to start with nutritional screening. The late basketball coach John Wooden offered some wise words for living that also apply to wound care practice: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
There’s apparent confusion in the wound care industry regarding the impact of proper patient nutrition on wound healing. This article will help providers fill the gaps between knowledge, care delivery, and reimbursement. Nutrition’s impact on wound healing is well recognized by clinicians, although researchers continue to seek better understanding of the connection it has on the development of more evidence-based
by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND Energy Requirements for Wound Healing While indirect calorimetry is the most accurate method for determining energy needs and what constitutes adequate nutritional intake for an individual with wounds, it is not widely available in most health care organizations. Registered dietitians often use predictive equations such as the Mifflin-St.
Patients with Limb-threatening Diabetic Foot Ulcers AIM: This study aimed to investigate the nutritional status of patients with limb-threatening diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) and its impact on treatment outcomes. METHODS: A total of 478 consecutive patients (mean age, 65.4years) treated for limb-threatening DFUs were enrolled. Nutritional status assessment using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) and Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI)
Here are a Few Simple Tips to Increase Protein Intake by Tim Olszewski MS, RD, LDN It’s difficult to sit down for a meal or even plan ahead with protein choices. Here are a few simple tips to increase protein intake in your everyday life. Hide It In yogurt, cottage cheese, or oatmeal: add a scoop of whey protein powder to
Proteins to Aid the Wound Healing Process by Tim Olszewski MS, RD, LDN Visceral protein status is greatly compromised with a non-healing wound. When albumin and prealbumin are low, the body has a difficult time healing, no matter how much a wound is cleaned or dressed. Having an adequate protein intake may not only aid in the recovery