Disease-specific, versus standard, nutritional support for the treatment of pressure ulcers in institutionalized older adults: A randomized controlled trial

Emanuele Cereda, Anna Gini, Carlo Pedrolli, Alfredo Vanotti

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a disease-specific nutritional approach is more beneficial than a standard dietary approach to the healing of pressure ulcers (PUs) in institutionalized elderly patients. DESIGN: Twelve-week follow-up randomized controlled trial (RCT). SETTING: Four long-term care facilities in the province of Como, Italy. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight elderly subjects with Stage II, III, and IV PUs of recent onset (2 and %). RESULTS: The sampled groups were well matched for age, sex, nutritional status, oral intake, type of feeding, and ulcer severity. After 12 weeks, both groups showed significant improvement (P2 vs -571.7±391.3 mm2; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1402
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume57
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

Keywords

  • Arginine
  • Elderly
  • Nutrition
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Protein
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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