According to research, wound risk, nutrition, and wound healing are linked in multiple ways, including the following:1-4
- Protein-energy malnutrition increases risk for pressure ulcers, in part due to loss of the "cushioning" effect of body mass when body mass is lost, and to compromised skin integrity.
- Wounds, especially serious wounds such as burns, increase energy needs.
- Nutrients, such as protein, are lost in wound fluid (exudates).
- Physiologic stress caused by wounds can increase need for dietary sources of conditionally essential amino acids.
- Nutritional supplementation can reduce risk for pressure ulcers and promote wound healing.
The following products can help you supplement the nutritional needs of patients with a variety of wounds, eg, surgical wounds, burns and other trauma wounds, and pressure ulcers.
*Use under medical supervision
Clear Liquid Nutrition
Ensure Clear™ is great tasting, clear liquid nutrition that contains high-quality protein and essential nutrients.
Therapeutic nutrition™ drink mix with a patented blend of HMB, arginine, and glutamine
Juven® is targeted therapeutic nutrition that helps build and maintain lean body mass (LBM)5,6 and support healing.7
Therapeutic, Semi-Elemental Nutrition for Metabolic Stress
PERATIVE® is a ready-to-feed formula designed for metabolically stressed patients with pressure ulcers, multiple fractures, wounds, burns, or surgery who can benefit from supplemental arginine.
ProMod® Liquid Protein
ProMod® Liquid Protein is a great tasting medical food that provides a concentrated source of protein for people with increased protein needs.
Therapeutic, Very-High-Protein Nutrition for Metabolic Stress
For use in metabolically stressed, immunosuppressed patients who could benefit from a very-high-protein, calorically dense, immune-enhancing enteral formula.
1. Thompson C, Fuhrman MP. Nutrients and wound healing: Still searching for the magic bullet. Nutr Clin Pract 2005;20:331-347.
2. Williams JZ, Barbul A. Nutrition and wound healing. Surg Clin North Am 2003;83:571-596.
3. Gilmore SA, Robinson G, Posthauer ME, Raymond J. Clinical indicators associated with unintentional weight loss and pressure ulcers in elderly residents of nursing facilities. J Am Diet Assoc 1995;95:984-992.
4. Landi F, Zuccal? G, Gambassi G, et al. Body mass index and mortality among older people living in the community. J Am Geriatr Soc 1999;47:1072-1076.
5. May PE et al. Reversal of cancer-related wasting using oral supplementation with a combination of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, arginine, and glutamine. Am J Surg 2002;183:471-479.
6. Clark RH et al. Nutritional treatment for acquired immunodeficiency virus-associated wasting using beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate, glutamine, and arginine: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. JPEN 2000;24:133-139.
7. Williams JZ et al. Effect of a specialized amino acid mixture on human collagen deposition. Ann Surg 2002;236:369-375.