Burn Treatment Calls For ‘Constant’ Feeding

Doctors: burns heal faster if patients get 3-4 times more protein, 140% more calories

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Troy Patchin practices getting in and out of a car as part of his physical therapy at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Patchin was burned over nearly half of his body in a work accident, and as part of his treatment at Ohio State`s Wexner Medical Center, he wears a feeding tube that provides extra nutrition several hours a day, even while he`s sleeping. See how dramatically boosting protein and calorie intake helpins burn patients heal faster: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Burn treatment not only focuses on wound care and pain management at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, but doctors also pay very close attention to how much a patient is fed.

“Nutrition is a crucial part of the healing process for those with severe burn injuries,” said Dr. Larry Jones, director of the Comprehensive Burn Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “We’re very aggressive, even with the smaller burns, making sure patients get feeding tubes within six hours of their arrival.”

Jones says the body needs excessive amounts of protein in order to heal burn wounds. If extra protein is not fed to a patient as part of their diet, the body will rob protein from itself, leading to serious loss of weight and muscle mass.

“That’s something we really need to prevent, so we feed them three to four times the amount of protein they would normally eat in a day and boost their calories by up to 140 percent,” said Dr. David Evans, medical director of trauma services and director of nutrition-support services at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

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Dr. Larry Jones explains a high-protein, high-calorie supplement to Troy Patchin, a patient in the burn center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Jones` team aggressively feeds severe burn patients, giving them 3-4 times the amount of protein and up to 140 percent more calories per day than normal. The extra nutrients help burn wounds heal faster and get patients home sooner. Details: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8

Dr. Larry Jones, director of the burn center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, checks the level of a supplement given to patients with severe burns. Within six hours of arrival, patients at Ohio State`s Wexner Medical Center get a feeding tube through which they are given 3-4 times the amount of protein and up to 140 percent more calories per day than normal. See why the approach is winning international acclaim here: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8

Troy Patchin practices getting in and out of a car as part of his physical therapy at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Patchin was burned over nearly half of his body in a work accident, and as part of his treatment at Ohio State`s Wexner Medical Center, he wears a feeding tube that provides extra nutrition several hours a day, even while he`s sleeping. See how dramatically boosting protein and calorie intake helpins burn patients heal faster: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8

Dr. David Evans discusses patient nutrition with a nurse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. As director of nutrition support services at Ohio State`s Wexner Medical Center, Evans sees to it that severe burn patients are fed early and often. Within six hours of arriving, they get a feeding tube, supplying 3-4 times the amount of protein and up to 140 percent more calories a day than normal. See why that approach helps patients heal faster and why it’s winning international acclaim here: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8

Troy Patchin undergoes physical therapy at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Patchin was burned over nearly half of his body in a work accident, and as part of his treatment at Ohio State`s Wexner Medical Center, he wears a feeding tube that supplies extra nutrition several hours a day. To see how dramatically boosting the amount of protein and calories burn patients get in a day helps them heal faster and get home sooner, click here: http://bit.ly/1RLxwC8