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Nutrition in Wound Healing

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

Identifying Malnutrition


Malnutrition is a serious condition that affects many patients, yet can often be overlooked (Ripley, 2006). It affects individuals in a variety of ways, and the nurse should be vigilant in identifying patients that may be affected. Research identifies that over 25% of patients admitted to hospital are malnourished, and nutritional status has been shown to often deteriorate during hospital stays (McWhirter and Pennington, 1994).

Select a sub-heading to read about different ways in which malnutrition may be identified and assessed.

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