Injuries

Comparison of the nutritional status and outcome in thermal burn patients receiving vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.

BACKGROUND: The importance of adequate nutritional support in burned patients cannot be overemphasised. For adequate long-term compliance by the patients, diet should be formulated in accordance with their pre-burn dietary habits, religious beliefs, and tastes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A study was conducted in 42 consecutive patients suffering from 10% to 50% of 2(nd) and 3(rd) degree thermal burns with the aim to compare nutritional status, clinical outcome, and cost-effectiveness of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.

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