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Posted onMay 30, 2024

Great News for Residents Requiring Modified Consistencies Needing a Wound-Specific Nutrition Supplement

From the desk of Dr Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND Long-term care (LTC) professionals face many challenges in providing adequate nutrition for residents with or at risk of pressure injuries and other types of wounds. One issue is that many residents receiving modified consistencies may already have reduced overall calorie and protein intakes. This means wounds may n...

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Posted onMay 1, 2024

Planning for Successful Wound Healing After Hospital Discharge

From the desk of Dr Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND Nutritional problems are easy to identify at the extremes of the condition. For example, the extremely underweight or overweight patient is easy to spot even for the layperson. However, a patient who appears to be normal weight may have just as many nutritional problems but may not receive the appropriate nutritiona...

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Posted onApril 4, 2024

Unpacking the Impact of Meal Cost in a Healthcare Facility

The cost breakdown of meal production in a healthcare facility can vary based on several factors, including the size of the facility, the number of meals served, dietary requirements, labor cost and staffing needs and and overall regional cost differences.  One thing that has not changed is the need to feed.  Regardless of factors, facilities need to be able to feed their r...

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Posted onMarch 28, 2024

Smart Snacking: Bridging Nutritional Gaps in Intake

From the desk of Dr Nancy Collins,PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND When you are evaluating your patient’s nutritional intake, remember to not only ask about meals but snacks as well. Encouraging snacks throughout the day is a good way to sneak in extra calories and protein particularly for people who may have lost their appetite or feel fatigued. Patients with wounds often have in...

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Posted onMarch 5, 2024

Finally! A Nutrition Intervention for Patients with Wounds and Dysphagia

From the desk of Dr Nancy Collins,PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND Dysphagia, commonly known as a swallowing problem, can lead to significant health issues, such as dehydration, malnutrition, fatigue, aspiration, pneumonia, and a general decline in functional status.¹ These factors often contribute to skin breakdown and prolonged wound healing. Patients with both dysphagia and wou...

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Posted onMarch 1, 2024

Exploring the Link Between Energy Provision and ICU Length of Stay

In the world of intensive care, the quest for optimal patient outcomes is a constant endeavor. A recent study has turned the spotlight on a factor that may have unintended consequences – excess energy provision. Join us as we explore the complex relationship between nutrition, energy balance, protein provision and its potential impact on the length of stay in the intensive ...

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Posted onFebruary 20, 2024

Citrulline Unveiled: a Key Ingredient in Expedite Explained.

From the desk of Dr. Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND You may have noticed that one of the major ingredients in Expedite™ is the amino acid citrulline. While you probably are familiar with arginine, you might not be as familiar with citrulline. Citrulline is a nonessential amino acid, meaning the body can synthesize it endogenously. The function of citrulline is to ...

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Posted onFebruary 13, 2024

Unlocking the Healing Power: A Comprehensive Guide to Gut Health and Prebiotics in Clinical Practice

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the pivotal role that gut health plays in our overall well-being. Beyond its influence on digestion, emerging research has shed light on the intricate connection between gut health and various aspects of our physical and mental health. This blog post aims to explore the significance of gut health, particularly focusing ...

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Posted onFebruary 9, 2024

Helping Patients with Wounds Meet Their Protein Needs

From the desk of Dr Nancy Collin, PhD, RDN, LD, NWCC, FAND Patients with wounds must consume an adequate amount of protein each day to build new tissue. If your patient is not consuming a well-balanced diet, chances are he or she is not consuming an adequate amount of dietary protein to meet the body’s physiologic needs. The average healthy adult requires approximately 0.8...

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Posted onJanuary 25, 2024

Sarcopenia and The Importance of Protein Intake

Sarcopenia, from the Greek word meaning "poverty of flesh," is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with aging. It is a component of the frailty syndrome and can be debilitating and even fatal for the elderly, especially in the face of other co-morbidities such as wounds. Age-related muscle atrophy begins in the third decade of life and accele...

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