Mr Alvin Wong
Dietetic & Food Services
1) Briefly describe what you are currently working on or have recently worked on. What are your objectives?
I recently completed a study using a specialised amino acid mixture to test the impact of wound healing in pressure ulcers. I wanted to find out if this specialised amino acid mixture containing HMB, L-Glutamine and L-Arginine would have any effect on the rate of wound healing.
2) What are the results of the project?
The specialised amino acid mixture increased the proportion of healthy wound tissues in patients with pressure ulcers by 48%, compared with 25% for patients on standard wound and nutritional care. This could be an important development, as the incidence of pressure ulcers among bedbound patients in hospital settings is high and can have debilitating effects and potentially lead to increased readmission rates to the hospital because of poor wound healing. Speeding up the wound healing process will help reduce the levels of discomfort and potential health complications for our patients, and could also help decrease the length of hospital stays for patients.
3) Why do you enjoy doing research and what is the area of research you are most keen on?
I’m predominantly a gastrointestinal dietician and am interested in the area of nutritional support research for digestive diseases and parenteral/enteral nutrition.
Research is an essential part of patient care, and no area of health is too insignificant to be researched or investigated. For example, my project is in the realm of nutritional therapy, which had been a previously overlooked area for research, but is important in playing a huge role in our patients’ recovery. With more research, we can better assist the medical teams to optimise patient care.
4) What are the areas you hope to grow?
I hope to increase the amount of research done in the realm of nutritional therapy. I’m also in the midst of other research projects which include research on digestive diseases.
It’s my hope to see our Dietetic department conduct more research work on all areas of dietetics, with the aim of publishing more scientific papers and establish CGH as a centre of excellence for nutritional research in Singapore.
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