The role of nutrition in preventing pressure ulcers
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The role of nutrition in preventing pressure ulcers

Sarah Helen Leaker Staff nurse, Outpatients department Minehead Community Hospital, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Old age, pressure ulcers and malnutrition may co-exist. Wounds in older people may already be slow to heal as a result of compromised skin integrity, which occurs as part of the normal ageing process. Malnutrition is also more common in older people, and evidence has shown that inadequate nutrition may lead to impaired and prolonged wound healing. This article explores the relationship between nutrition and wound healing, and promotes optimum nutrition in old age as an essential component of effective wound management.

Nursing Standard. 28, 7, 66-70. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 10 May 2013

Accepted: 15 August 2013