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Overview

With mounting evidence regarding the role of poor nutrition in the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, it is no secret that appropriate nutrition is crucial to optimal health. Achieving the correct balance of elements provides the body with the ability to adapt to a shifting and often hazardous environment. Never is this capability more important than when a wound is sustained and the body's first line of defense, the skin, is breached.

Nutrition and Wound Healing describes the importance of several nutrients, both macronutrients and micronutrients, and their relation to the body's requirements when healing itself. Beginning with an overview to introduce the novice to the fundamentals of nutrition and wound healing, the text analyzes the role of each nutrient, chapter by chapter. The authors discuss carbohydrates, fats, proteins,
trace elements, and fat- and water-soluble vitamins. Balanced attention is paid to conditions of deficiency as well as toxic excess as applicable to each nutrient. Specific challenges to healing are considered with individual chapters on burns, cancer, and age extremes. The book also includes a chapter on hormones and the pharmacologic manipulation of wound healing. Specific recommendations for the appropriate administration of each nutrient and variations for individual circumstances are discussed throughout the book. In addition, future directions of research are provided in each chapter to guide young investigators in the field.

While many wounds heal well on their own, there are many circumstances when intervention is necessary. Nutrition and Wound Healing provides the clinician, researcher, and even the interested novice with the information he or she needs to know to help the body heal itself.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael John Schurr, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This is a thorough analysis of the current data on nutrition as it relates to the healing of complex wounds. The book not only focuses on fat, carbohydrates, and proteins, but also examines vitamins, arginine and glutamine, and trace elements. The final section focuses on nutrition from a disease specific point of view and the effects of the pharmacologic manipulation of nutrition.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the current data on nutrients as they relate to wound healing. These data are intended to have direct clinical application for patients with complex and hard to heal wounds. Given the incidence of complex wounds in multiple disease states seen in hospitals worldwide and the effect of nutrition on patient outcomes, this book will become a standard reference used in hospitals.
Audience: It is intended for practicing clinicians, researchers, and novices looking for additional information. Clinicians and researchers will find valuable data summarized. However, novices may have difficulty with the complexity and detail. The editor and contributors are clearly experts in the field of nutrition and wound healing and lend significant weight to the book.
Features: The book is well thought out and logically organized. After a through discussion of the major energy sources (fat, protein, and carbohydrate), the book analyzes the other significant nutrients (vitamins, arginine, glutamine, and trace elements) with regard to their effect on wound healing. In addition, the book details how each nutrient can and should be provided to a patient and the hazards associated with nutrient deficit or over administration. These sections of the book will appeal most to researchers, pharmacists, and nutrition support teams. The background detail is then summarized along with disease-specific data for patients with complex wounds and burns, trauma, sepsis, cancer, or extremes of age. These chapters have great clinical relevance and should be widely read by clinicians treating these diseases. The chapters are short and intense and lend themselves to more of a reference type approach to learning about a specific topic of interest than reading the book straight through.
Assessment: This will be become a standard reference for clinicians caring for patients with complex wounds. It has particular application for clinicians in burn centers, trauma centers, and on nutrition support teams. Nutrition and wound healing researchers should adopt the book as a current reference and guide to future research direction. The authors have taken an important step that should lead to direct patient benefit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849317316
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2006
  • Series: Modern Nutrition Science Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,250,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview of Nutrition and Wound Healing, J. A. Molnar

Carbohydrates and Wound Healing, C. Ireton-Jones and G. U. Liepa

Fat and Wound Healing, J. J. Turek

Protein and Wound Healing, M. L. Dylewski and Y.-M. Yu

Glutamine and Wound Healing, M. B. Schoemann, C. D. Bechtold, S. Agrawal, and C. W. Lentz

Arginine and Wound Healing, V. Ahuja, M. Rizk, and A. Barbul

Water-Soluble B Vitamins and Wound Healing, G. U. Liepa, C. Ireton-Jones, H. Basu, and C. R. Baxter

Vitamin C and Wound Healing, H. Tanaka and J. A. Molnar

Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Wound Healing, M. M. Gottschlich

Trace Elements and Wound Healing, T. G. Baumgartner

Nutrition and Wound Healing in Burns, Trauma, and Sepsis, C. A. Watters, E. E. Tredget, and C. Cooper

Nutrition and Wound Healing in Cancer, P. Shen and S. Martin

Nutrition and Wound Healing at the Age Extremes, H. G. Piper, P. Javid, and T. Jaksic

Pharmacological Manipulation of the Healing Wound: The Role of Hormones, R. H. Demling

Index

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