Wound Healing or Weight Loss: Which Takes Precedence for the Obese Patient?

OVERVIEW: Obesity is on the rise in the United States, and as a result is on the rise in long-term care facilities. Obese patients with wounds present many challenges to the health care professional, including challenges in assessing nutritional status and treating pressure ulcers. This session will help the health care professional set goals for treatment of the obese patient with wounds.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn the current standard of care for determining nutritional needs of obese patients
  • Discuss the unique nutritional needs of obese patients with wounds
  • Understand how to develop an appropriate plan of nutrition for an obese patient with wounds.

CPE Level: II
Learning Needs Codes:  3020, 3030, 5040, 5370, 5380

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