Olive Oil May Help Burn Victims with Faster Recovery
the MPR take:
For thermally injured patients requiring hospitalization, adequate nutrition can optimize wound healing, reduce mortality and complications, and minimize exaggerated hypermetabolic response effects. The first study on the effects of oral olive oil consumption on burn wound healing, published in the journal Burn, included 100 thermally injured patients who were hospitalized in a burn care university hospital from September 2012 to December 2013. The patients were between the ages of 13–59, had deep second degree wounds and more with 10–20% total body surface area (TBSA), and were on an oral diet. While all received similar wound-care treatment, including intravenous morphine for pain management, patients were randomized to receive additional olive oil or sunflower oil (control) to increase total dietary fat content to 20%. Duration of wound healing and duration of hospitalization was significantly shorter in the group receiving olive oil vs. the control group, but no differences were seen in ICU admission, wound infection, and occurrence of sepsis. Oral olive oil has been shown in previous research to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protective effects, which in this study benefited thermally injured patients by optimizing wound healing.
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of consumption of oral olive oil on clinical outcomes and wound healing of thermally injured patients with hospital stays.
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