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Clin Geriatr Med. 1997 Aug;13(3):497-511.

The role of nutrition in prevention and healing of pressure ulcers.

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  • 1Center for Aging, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-2041, USA.


Among the many risk factors for pressure ulcers, malnutrition is potentially reversible. This article examines the relationship of malnutrition to the prevention and healing of pressure ulcers. Evidence for nutrition in preventing and healing pressure ulcers is presented. Specific nutrients, including some amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, have been evaluated for their effects on wound healing.

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