Wound Care: What You Can Do to Help

You play an important role in helping your wound to heal.  At Englewood Health’s Wound Healing Center, your wound care nurse will work with you to create a customized plan for healing your wound.  We will teach you or a family member how and when to change the wound dressing.

Nutrition is Important in Wound Healing

Good nutrition is very important for would healing.  You should:

  • Supplement your nutrition with protein powder or liquid nutritional supplements, especially if you don’t have an appetite
  • Take a multivitamin daily; zinc and vitamin C are especially important to wound healing
  • Drink lots of fluids, such as water, fruit juices and milk
  • Eat protein-rich foods, such as eggs, dairy, fish, meat, beans, nuts, tofu
  • Eat more vegetables (especially leafy greens) and fruits (especially citrus fruits), and whole grains
  • Quit or cut back on smoking
  • Control blood sugar if you have diabetes

Tips for Encouraging Wound Healing

  • Reduce pressure on the wound.  Consider a pressure-relieving mattress or pad to sit on.
  • Avoid rubbing when you turn in bed or when you’re adjusting your position in a chair
  • Wear special shoes or boots as prescribed
  • Elevate your legs to prevent swelling
  • Wear compression stockings as prescribed
  • Follow special storage instructions for wound care supplies