How Many Calories Does a Patient With Advanced Bed Sores Need to Consume?

By Nursing Home Law Center

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Specific nutritional requirements should be specified by a treating physician. Nonetheless, in order for the body to heal an advanced bed sore (also referred to as: pressure sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) its needs substantially more energy than a health person.

By some accounts, the body requires almost twice as much energy to heal a bed sores compared to a similarly situated ‘healthy person’. Most experts estimate the body requires 35-40 calories/kg of body weight to properly heal. Using these suggestions, patients with advanced bed sore would require the following daily caloric intake:

  • 100 lbs.: 1,587 – 1814 daily caloric intake
  • 150 lbs.: 2,381 – 2,721 daily caloric intake
  • 200 lbs.: 3,175 – 3,628 daily caloric intake
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