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.”
by Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, FAPWCA, FAND, & Liz Friedrich, MPH, RDN, CSG, LDN, FAND Nutrition professionals now use an etiology-based definition of malnutrition rather than the standard concept of lab values. In order for proper diagnosis and coding, wound clinic providers must understand this new definition and the criteria required to meet the current definition of malnutrition. It’s
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)
The Effects of Diabetes on the Wound Healing Process by Nancy Collins, PhD, RD & Colleen Sloan, RD Diabetes has quickly become one of the most complex health challenges of the 21st century. In 2010, a total of 10.9 million US residents ages 65 years and older were reported to be living with diabetes.1 Currently, it is the