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Nutrition in Wound Healing

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

Addressing Malnutrition

A number of actions can be taken which assist in addressing malnutrition, and thus promoting wound healing. The nurse should be aware that malnourishment not only delays wound healing, but also affects the individual in a number of other detrimental ways. Malnutrition can affect drug metabolism, impair the immune system, and affect the digestive system (Wright, 2006). Muscle wasting may also result in decreased mobility and reduced cardiac function (Wright, 2006), which can thus reduce the patient's ability to live independently, or reduce their social activities. In treating the patient holistically, it is therefore vital to address any malnourishment present.

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