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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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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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Pressure ulcer prevention

by Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Despite all of the advances in risk assessment, prevention and treatment guidelines, support surfaces, nutritional products and vigorous educational efforts, pressure ulcers continue to be a major health care problem worldwide.

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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

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

When I attend wound care conferences both nationally and internationally, I am frequently asked how I became interested in nutrition and wound care. In 1995, I was involved in a quality assurance project for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – previously known as the American Dietetics Association (ADA) – examining clinical indicators associated with unintentional weight loss and pressure ulcers in elderly residents in nursing homes. The result of study was published in the ADA Journal and noted the relationship between unintended weight loss, poor dietary intake and pressure ulcers.

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patient centered care

By Mary Ellen Posthauer RDN, CD, LD, FAND

Recently there have been numerous articles and webinars focusing on the methods health care professional can employ to effectively communicate and engage in end of life conversations with patients receiving palliative and/or hospice care.

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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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