The Importance of Perioperative Nutrition in Wound Healing

Program Date: 28 September 2019
Publication Date: 30 January 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll discuss how to optimize patient outcomes by improving nutrition status preoperatively; describe the benefits of immunonutrition in enhancing surgical recovery; and demonstrate the potential for improved wound healing and reduced surgical complications. Originally presented at the 2019 AMSN 28th Annual Convention.

Course Objectives:

•Discuss how to optimize patient outcomes by improving nutrition status pre-operatively.
•Describe the benefits of immunonutrition in enhancing surgical recovery.
•Demonstrate the potential for improved wound healing and reduced surgical complications utilizing evidence-based perioperative nutrition and wound healing protocols
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 5000, 5010, 5380, 5410
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.4, 8.3.1, 8.3.4, 10.1.3
  • Run Time: 54

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Kathryn Starr, PhD, RDN, LDN

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Duke University School of Medicine Research
Health Scientist,
Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, NC, USA
Dr. Porter-Starr is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, and a Research Health Scientist in geriatric research at Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr Porter-Starr is Co-Director of the Center for Aging Clinical Nutrition Laboratory. Her research and professional experience has been focused on community-dwelling older adults at high risk for chronic health conditions and functional disability. Currently, she is a co-PI for clinical research trials investigating the impact of meal-based protein on lean muscle mass in obese, frail older adults, and the PI for a career development award assessing the benefits of perioperative protein supplementation in vulnerable geriatric populations. Finally, she serves as a content expert for the ASPEN Surgical Nutrition Evidence Based Guidelines.
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Joyce Black, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor, College of Nursing
University Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE, USA
Dr. Black is a Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She teaches senior level nursing students in intensive care nursing, teaches advanced pathophysiology and supervises research activities of graduate students. Dr. Black has had years of clinical experience as a medical surgical nurse at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minnesota, affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Her clinical practice has been in orthopedics, critical care, burn care, respiratory diseases, wound care and plastic surgery. She is a Past President of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Dr Black served as the co-chair of the task force to define deep tissue injury and the task force to update the definitions of the stages of pressure ulcers. Dr. Black received the Kosiak award from NPUAP this year for her work in deep tissue injury.

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