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Nutrition in Wound Healing

Resource to help raise awareness of the role of nutrition in wound healing

Addressing Malnutrition - Fortification

Having identified malnutrition, fortification of the individual's diet should be recommended. This normally involves increasing the individual's nutritional intake of protein and energy through adapting the patient's normal diet, and can be an easy yet effective way to address such protein or energy deficiencies. However some such as diabetics may not be suitable for such regimes and this should be assessed by a doctor or dietician.

Wright (2006) suggests a variety of methods to fortify a diet. These include:

Think of patient you have cared for who was malnourished. In what way was their diet fortified? Could the nurse have taken any further action to fortify their diet?

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