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Modifiable risk factors

Poor nutrition

In the malnourished, dietary supplements, vitamins and other forms of nutritional support should be instituted as soon as possible after emergency surgery.
Malnourished patients have difficulty healing wounds and resisting infection. Simple screening tests, such as total lymphocyte count (<1.2 x 109 / L), or serum albumen level (<3.4 - 5.4 g/dL), together with a careful dietary history and physical examination, help to identify patients with inadequate nourishment. Severe malnutrition should be corrected as soon as possible after the emergency surgery.