Because it takes a lot of energy to heal, patients need many more calories than normal when they're recovering from a burn injury. That's why nutrition is a major component of burn treatment.
Our nutritionists evaluate patients' dietary needs as soon as possible. We use several scientific formulas, usually based on their height and weight (body mass), among other things, to determine how many calories they'll actually need. But because no one formula is perfect, their nutritionist and physicians will watch them closely to evaluate and adjust their diet as needed.
The Burn Recovery Diet
Why the burn recovery diet should be followed...
When healing from burns, it's very important that you do you everything you can to get proper nutrition. An adequate diet can reduce the damaging loss of lean body mass, stored energy, and protein.
Without proper nutrition, you may slow the healing process, lose too much weight, and suppress your immune system.
In general, patients get a high-protein diet that also includes fat, plus vitamin and mineral supplements.
Patients should follow the diet plan. It's very important that they do everything they can to get proper nutrition. An adequate diet can reduce the damaging loss of lean body mass and stored energy and protein. An inadequate diet can slow the healing process, cause too much weight loss, and suppress the immune system.
Kessler Burn Center, call (585) 275-2876.
Kessler Trauma Center, call (585) 275-8000.
Transfer Center, call (800) 499-9298 (24 hours).
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