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Vitamin C status of patients with non-healing woundsSupport this project
Non-healing wounds are common and negatively affect quality of life, causing pain and limiting movement and social interaction. Their management is also a significant burden on health resources, and any improvement in wound healing would be a significant advantage for patients, and the health budget.
Vitamin C is essential for wound healing, promoting collagen synthesis and normal tissue remodelling. However, the vitamin C status of individuals with chronic wounds is poorly understood. Poor nutrition and, in particular, a low vitamin C status are common in the general population and often exacerbated when people are unwell. Low vitamin C status may contribute to impaired wound healing and dietary supplementation would be a cost-effective and simple adjunct treatment option.
Such clinical advice requires a sound factual basis and therefore we propose to conduct a cross-sectional study to determine the vitamin C status of patients referred to the Nurse Maude Wound Management Service in Christchurch. In addition, wound size will be determined using the Silhouette laser wound scanner. This will allow us to compare the vitamin C status of patients with different wound classes, size and duration. This information will contribute to the design of a future vitamin C intervention study.
Dr Pullar is currently involved in undertaking human studies investigating the bioavailability of vitamin C and its role in health and disease.More About Dr Juliet Pullar