The term ‘wound’ can represent a wide range of injuries –
from a laparoscopic incision to a large surgical scar, a small
venous ulcer to the chronic exudative pressure ulcer, an extensive
full-thickness burn to an open abdominal wound. Wound
type and size impact on the potential rate of healing, which is
also influenced by physiological variables. The wide variation
in wound presentation makes it difficult to generalize the
metabolic response and nutritional needs of wound healing.
This overview will address nutrition in the context of acute or
chronic (slow-healing) wounds.