Impact of Nutrition on Wound Healing

August 28, 2012

Good nutrition is a key factor in how quickly wounds heal.  Maintaining the correct balance of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins goes a long way in helping the body adapt and heal.  

That is why the Bronson Battle Creek Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine is offering a physician-led presentation on Monday, September 17, about ‘The Effects of Infection and Nutrition on Wound Healing.’

The program, to be held in the BBC Outpatient Center; will begin with refreshments at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Maria Alvarez-Krizan’s presentation at 6:15 p.m. Use parking lot #4 off Emmett Street.  To register, call (877) 462-2247 or visit www.bronsonbattlecreek.com.

Dr. Alvarez-Krizan will offer information on non-healing wounds, bone infections, resistance strains of bacteria, and the impact of nutrition on promoting wound healing.  She will also make time to answer questions from the audience.

What is wound care?
A major emphasis of the center is outpatient wound care and follow-up to reduce wound deterioration and to promote wound healing.  When the body's natural healing process is delayed or hindered by medical conditions such as diabetes or vascular disease, the wound becomes an ongoing problem.  

There are two sets of factors that can impede the healing process—local and broader.  Local factors that interfere with the healing process include pressure; a dry environment (wounds kept in a moist environment heal three to five times faster, with less pain, than those exposed to a dry environment); trauma and tissue swelling; infection; inability to control bowel and bladder function; and local tissue death.  

Broader systemic factors can also impede healing at a wound site.  These include age, body-build, chronic disease such as diabetes or renal failure, nutritional status, poor circulation, insufficient blood supply, and suppressed immune system.

The final wound topic for 2012 is ‘Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers’ on October 22.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Final Topic, Date, and Location 

Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
People with diabetes face unique wound care needs. Learn more about maintaining healthy feet, including early detection and treatment options for foot ulcers by attending this free program. Join Clark Johnson, DPM, Wound Healing Center & Hyperbaric Medicine, to discuss any concerns you may have and treatment options. 
  • Methods to maintain healthy feet
  • Early detection of potential foot problems
  • Treatment of diabetic foot ulcers including advanced therapies and techniques to return you to the health and mobility you deserve