Tips for wound healing

Malnutrition and poor wound healing increase the economic costs of patient treatment.1,2 This article reviews how nutrition can hasten wound healing in your patients.

Prevent malnutrition

Malnutrition, particularly in the elderly, increases the risk of skin degradation and infection, increasing their risks of complications and length of stay in hospital.1,3 Screening for, and treating, malnutrition prior to major surgery results in better outcomes.1 

Various tools to screen for malnutrition are available but it is important to use a valid nutrition assessment tool appropriate to the population in which it is to be applied. For instance, the Mini Nutritional Assessment – Short Form can only be used for older adults in residential care or community settings.4 General practitioners, aged care nurses and dietitians can complete this simple seven-question assessment, which should be undertaken at least annually for at