The vital role of nutrition in wound healing
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The vital role of nutrition in wound healing

Sarah Kemp Freelance Dietitian, Macclesfield

Aims and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to illustrate the important role of good nutrition in promoting wound healing. Nurses working in the community and GP practices are faced with different wound types, as part of daily nursing care. These include pressure sores, leg ulcers and wounds due to surgery or trauma. Malnutrition is a major contributory factor in pressure sore development and wound-related complications. Wounds require an adequate supply of protein and calories for satisfactory healing (Breslow et al 1993).

Primary Health Care. 11, 1, 43-49. doi: 10.7748/phc2001.