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Wound Care

WC: Inflammation (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. 

Inflammation and Wound Care

  • Assessment
    Do supplemental arginine, glutamine, cysteine, glycine or n-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and thus improve wound healing?
    Does macronutrient composition of the diet (fat, sugar, protein) affect the inflammatory process and delay wound-healing in adults with a pressure ulcer?
    Should screening for pro-inflammatory conditions be included as part of nutrition assessment for adults with pressure ulcers?
    What pharmacologic interventions may exacerbate inflammation and delay wound-healing in patients with pressure ulcers?