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Protein-Energy Malnutrition: What Are the Options for Nutritional Management?


Dr. Nancy Collins is a wound care certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) based in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is well known for her expertise in the complex relationships among malnutrition, body composition, and tissue regeneration. Dr. Collins has over 25 years of wound care experience in a variety of care settings. In addition, she has published over 100 articles in wound care journals including Wound Management and Prevention and Advances in Skin and Wound Care. She has presented nutrition topics at every major wound meeting, has written six textbook chapters on wound care nutrition, and has served on multiple advisory boards. Currently Dr. Collins is the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND) representative to the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, a board member of the American Professional Wound Care Association, and a member of the Malnutrition in the Elderly workgroup for the AND Evidence Analysis Library. Because of her expertise in wound healing, Dr. Collins is often retained as medicolegal expert. She has consulted on over 500 medical malpractice and wrongful death suits. Dr. Collins received her doctoral degree from Florida International University in Miami. She is credentialed as an RDN by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She has been awarded Fellow status by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics signifying her advanced level of practice. In addition, she maintains a specialty certification in nutrition and wound care. 

1.00 CME Credits | 1.00 Contact Hours

Wound healing is the complex process of replacing injured tissue with new tissue produced by the body. This demands an increased consumption of energy (calories), protein, and certain micronutrients. Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is diagnosed when there is impaired absorption and/or inadequate consumption of both protein and energy, which often results in misuse by the body of protein for energy rather than for tissue regeneration and wound healing. This session will explore the continuum of nutrition interventions currently available to address PEM, from oral nutrition supplements to enteral nutrition support and everything in between.