Wound Care

WC: Fluid Needs (2011)

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) recently published evidence-based guidelines.  Their methods met both Academy and AGREE (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation) criteria. The Academy Wound Care Expert Workgroup decided to formulate nutrition practice questions that were not addressed by the NPUAP-EPUAP Nutrition Guidelines for pressure ulcers.

Fluid Needs and Wound Care

The Academy Wound Care Expert Workgroup concurs with the findings of the NPUAP-EPUAP guidelines relative to fluid needs and individuals with pressure ulcers.

Click here to view the NPUAP-EPUAP Recommendations

  • Assessment
    What are fluid needs to promote healing in non-obese and obese individuals with acute (surgical) wounds?
    • Conclusion

      No studies were found that investigated fluid needs to promote healing in non-obese and obese individuals with acute (surgical) wounds.

      Click here to view the full Introduction to the Wound Care evidence analysis project.

    • Grade: V
      • Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
      • Grade II is Fair;
      • Grade III is Limited/Weak;
      • Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
      • Grade V is Not Assignable.
      • High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
      • Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
      • Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
      • Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
      • Ungraded means a grade is not assignable.
    • Search Plan and Results: WC: Surgical Wound Healing and Fluid Intake 2011