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Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000397903.48498.43
Departments: Practice Points

Checklist for Nutrients Necessary for Wound Healing

Thomas Hess, Cathy BSN, RN, CWOCN

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Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, is President and Director of Clinical Operations, Wound Care Strategies Inc (WCS), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. WCS specializes in software solutions, such as Tri-assess Premier Software, and mapping best clinical, operational, and technology practices. Please address correspondence to: Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWOCN, 4080 Deer Run Court, Suite 1114, Harrisburg, PA 17112; e-mail:

As discussed in previous columns, laboratory values are helpful in assessing and monitoring any chronic underlying medical conditions as well as the patient's nutritional status. A complete nutritional assessment includes an evaluation of both a standard multiple analysis and a complete blood count as well as protein stores, electrolyte and fluid balance, renal function, liver function, glucose levels, anemias, and immune status. It may also include other specific nutritional laboratory values, such as prealbumin, folic acid, vitamin B12, ferritin, and transferrin levels and lymphocyte count. Wound healing has also been linked to several vitamins and minerals. The accompanying table summarizes the vitamins and minerals necessary for proper wound healing.

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Source: Hess CT. Clinical Guide to Skin and Wound Care. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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