The CWOCN practicing in today's healthcare environment must be cognizant of the effect of nutrition on wound healing. This requires constant perusal of the latest literature from a variety of disciplines as this field of study continues to evolve. Many of the recommendations for supplementation have not been proven as beneficial as once believed. If the CWOCN claims to support evidenced based practice, the research must be brought to the bedside. This poster will offer a review of the latest recommendations for nutritional monitoring and supplementation, provide an easily replicated pocket guide designed for use by any nurse caring for patients who have wounds or are at risk for wounds, and identify several situations requiring special attention.
· Review of the latest recommendations for nutritional screening and intervention in relation to patients with wounds.
· Provide an easily replicated pocket guide with pertinent labs and interventions designed for the CWOCN and other nurses caring for patients with wounds
· Identify situations and patients requiring special attention.
· Demonstrate how this information can be used in the clinical setting to improve nutritional interventions for the patient with impaired skin.
This poster presentation is designed to bring CWOCNs up to date on the current literature pertaining to nutritional monitoring and interventions for patients with wounds. In an effort to implement evidenced based practice, the pertinent lab parameters and related interventions will be placed on an easily replicated pocket tool. In addition to conference attendees, some or all of this information will be shared with the CWOCNs in our geographical area at an affiliate meeting, the Wound Champions in our facility, attendees of the Wound Management classes hosted by the hospital education department, and the nutritional internship students. The nutritional needs of patients with wounds will be addressed more consistently.