Nutrition and hydration play a key role in keeping the skin healthy. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence recognises deficiencies in diet as a risk for developing pressure ulcers and international guidance recommends using a nutritional screening tool to assess risk of malnutrition and other risk factors.
Evidence and recommendations for assessment and action when assessing an individual’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer.
Top tips for eating well and drinking well to keep skin well - guidance from dietitians and nutrition specialist nurses
Nutrition and hydration case studies
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Nursing staff looks at how malnutrition can contribute to development of pressure ulcers and poor wound healing.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals looks at the importance of patients with reduced mobility losing weight gradually to ensure skin integrity is not compromised.
Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust looks at how staff need to recognise where a diet may result in nutritional depletion and the impact on wound healing.