Attention to basic nutrition and appropriate supplements may assist in the healing of chronic wounds. Persons with chronic wounds may have other conditions that lead to loss of appetite, and large quantities of protein can be lost in wound fluids every day. These will lead to deficiency of micronutrients such as calcium, iron, folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. Wound healing is delayed in persons with moderate to severe malnutrition.
Protein and caloric deficits must be replaced and micronutrients should be supplemented in patients with malnutrition. Zinc and vitamin C are recommended supplements in persons with wounds due to the central role in collagen metabolism and inflammation. Vitamin A has a unique role in the management of the patient treated with corticosteroids. Arginine and glutamine supplementation may be helpful but only if protein and calories are present in adequate quantities in the diet.
Pricing and Suppliers
Is it covered by Medicare Part B?
Over-the-counter agents for nutrition are non-covered by Medicare Part B.
How can I purchase this product?
Usually over-the-counter agents for nutrition can be purchased from pharmacies and other stores. Please refer to table "Other Stores" below for pricing and suggestions on where to purchase this product "out-of-pocket" (without insurance). If there are no vendors listed and you would like to have information on suppliers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
$0.00 / $0.00
If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=2375
||Free with Prime||
* Indicates whether store accepts Medicare or commercial insurance, but may not apply to this specific product. See coding, coverage and reimubursement for more information.
The information on this handout is for your convenience and educational purposes only. All product claims and specifications are those of the product suppliers. It does not constitute medical advice or a guarantee for reimbursement. Prices may have changed and suppliers may not have product in stock. Please confirm accuracy and appropriateness of information with insurance carrier and product supplier. Clinician and WoundReference assume no liability for inaccuracies or misstatements about products and insurance coverage.