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Nutritional assessment as part of wound management

VOL: 98, ISSUE: 44, PAGE NO: 62Andrea Cartwright, RN, BSc, is nutritional nurse specialist, Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS TrustNutrition requires complex multidisciplinary organisational structures in hospitals but is often neglected. Patients' nutritional status has been shown to deteriorate while in hospital (McWhirter and Pennington, 1994), especially in elderly people and in those whose nutritional status is already compromised.

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