What You Should Know About Nutrition And Wound Healing

By Patricia Abu-Rumman, DPM, and Robert A. Menzies, BSc(Hons), MChS, SRCh
The total healing time from initial consult to closure was five months. Final Notes Early screening and treatment for nutritional status can have a profound effect on wound healing. Select screening methods that are available in your facility and feasible to perform. One may implement simplified recommendations using the plate model for nutrition until you can obtain or refer for professional dietary help. Instruct your patient to consider his or her serving plate as a pie: 1/5 of the plate for the meats, fish, eggs or cheese, 2/5 for staple foods like rice, pasta, bread and 2/5 for fruit and vegetables.17 In order to maintain hydration, talk to patients about calculating the amount of fluid intake they must consume, using 30-40 ml/kg/ day as a guideline for patients with wounds.19 Investigate multivitamins available in your area and then recommend brands with the aforementioned adequate amounts. The key is early aggressive intervention. Dr. Abu-Rumman is the Head of Podiatric Services for the Diabetic Foot and Wound Clinic at the Hamad Medical Center in Doha, Qatar. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Specialities in Podiatry, and is board-certified in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot wounds. Dr. Abu-Rumman is currently the Qatar reprentative for the International Working Group for the Diabetic Foot and is a member of the Qatar National Planning Committee for Diabetes. Dr. Menzies is a podiatrist in the Diabetic Foot and Wound Clinic at the Hamad Medical Center in Doha, Qatar. He is also the podiatrist for the Qatar National Olympic Committee as he specializes in biomechanics and sports medicine. He is state-registered in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists in the United Kingdom.


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