Nutrition and Wound Care

Editor(s): C. Collins Clinical Nutrition Highlights volume 2 issue 3 , 2006


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.