ESPEN Session: Obesity and wound management: the role of nutrition

About ESPEN:
The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) is an organization in the field of parenteral and enteral nutrition and promotes basic and clinical research, basic and advanced education, organization of consensus statements about clinical care and care quality control.


Wound management is a crucial point of healthcare assistance as it could negatively affect the patient’s outcome and overall costs. Disease related malnutrition, namely defect malnutrition, is primarily considered a risk factor for impaired wound healing. However, although a state of visible frailty or cachexia is more likely to catch the attention and warn the clinician, also obesity is considered a state of malnutrition with potentially negative consequences on wound outcome. These relates to body weight excess and related complications, such as diabetes and impaired tissue blood flow. Accordingly, also nutrition could play a role in improving the outcome of the patient. The purpose of this session is to rise attention on the intrinsic factor of obesity and the nutritional domain as an additional target of intervention in a multidisciplinary approach to the patient at risk of or suffering from most type of wounds


  • Maria Ballestreros: Nutrition, wound risk and prevention in obesity
  • Emanuele Cereda: Nutritional aspects of wound management in the obese patient

The session took place on Thursday 15 May from 16.55-17.55 in Room N114.