Nutrition

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nutrition and health care clinicians

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually designates March as National Nutrition Month and the theme this year is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. My blog usually focuses on what we as caregivers can do to improve the nutrition of our clients/patients with wounds. However, how often do you as a busy wound care clinician think about your nutrition or what you are eating or probably not eating?

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protecting hearts and healing wounds through nutrition

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

February is American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world on the 14th. So what is the connection between protecting your heart, enjoying candy and flowers with those you love on Valentine’s Day, and wound care? Many of your clients with wounds also have some type of heart disease or have elevated lipid levels. These clients need nutritional strategies for wound healing that also protects their hearts.

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Nutrition and wound healing

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Congratulations to Bruce Ruben, MD, for his #1 WoundSource blog for 2015; Wound Healing: Reasons Wounds Will Not Heal. I certainly concur with Dr. Ruben that inadequate nutrition is an often-overlooked reason for delayed wound healing.

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vitamin and mineral supplementation

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Last month I discussed the value of consuming a "balanced diet" versus taking mega doses of vitamins for wound healing. This month the focus is on minerals. Minerals are inorganic compounds that comprise 4% of body weight but are essential to metabolic function, tissue health and fluid balance.

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Nutrition and protein intake

By Bruce E. Ruben MD

A day doesn't go by that I'm not bombarded with information on the newest diet, the latest exercise trend or the fastest way to get in shape. My email inbox opens with message subjects like "click here to drop 10 pounds fast" or "how to get a Kardashian body without surgery." I overhear women at a local breakfast haunt order egg whites instead of whole eggs, because they contain less fat and they are worried about gaining weight. How about the latest craze of ordering sandwiches wrapped in lettuce because everyone is afraid of the dreaded carbohydrates? Our culture is so focused on losing weight, getting in shape, and looking like the latest model on the cover of Vogue or GQ that we have lost sight of what is healthy.

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Fruits, Vegetables and Protiens

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

As we appreciate the glorious fall foliage, the crisp sunny days and marvel at the vibrant chrysanthemums in rich jewel tones, we also enjoy hearty meals and soups that incorporate seasonal vegetables. Food is a common, universal topic discussed while caring for clients with wounds. After all, everyone eats and has an opinion on what should be purchased and how meals should be prepared.

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Nutrition Planning

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

"I know Susie Q has a stage IV pressure ulcer on her sacrum but she is obese so she certainly doesn't need any more calories." Clinicians and family members often articulate this statement about obese individuals. Another common occurrence is the failure to notify the registered dietitian when an obese patient has an unplanned, significant weight loss of 5% or more in 30 days or has an insidious weight loss over time. The key word is unplanned and not a result of edema.

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hydration

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

The "dogs days of summer" with temperatures approaching 90 and above plus high humidity levels remind us of the importance of hydration. While you are focusing on quenching your thirst, don't forget about your wound care clients.

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toothbrushes

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

While the focus of nutrition interventions for wound healing involve the amount of protein, calories and beverages provided and consumed, we tend to forget the importance of good oral hygiene.

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Nutrition vs. Antibiotics

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

As Lydia Meyers RN, MSN, CWCN emphasized in her recent blog 4 Common Bacteria that Cause Infections in Wound Management, assessing the patient for infection is key to controlling the spread of infections. What role does nutrition play in controlling the adverse effects of antibiotic therapy?

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