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The Potential Role of Zinc Supplementation on Pressure Ulcer Healing in Older Adults

  • Melissa HeintschelEmail author
  • Roschelle Heuberger
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Part of the Recent Clinical Techniques, Results, and Research in Wounds book series (RCTRRW, volume 3)

Abstract

Monitoring for nutritional deficiencies, including zinc, has become essential in order to incorporate nutritional interventions in the coordination of care for optimal patient outcomes. The older adult population is prone to compromised nutritional status and poor skin integrity. Wound healing requires increased nutrient density, and older adults with PUs may be unable to meet these needs through food intake alone. The aim of this review was to determine whether or not there is poor pressure ulcer healing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Michigan UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Director Graduate Programs in Nutrition and DieteticsCentral Michigan University, Department of HEVMt. PleasantUSA

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