During home health, palliative care, and hospice care, the primary goal is to ease suffering, prioritize comfort and help the patient maintain a good quality of life. At Pallatus Health, we offer wound management and care to patients. Below is a list of what we provide:
A wound assessment helps define the status of the wound and helps identify an appropriate plan of care. Pressure sores, friction wounds, and skin tears are common in our patients.
Unlike traditional wound care, the goal of palliative wound care is to manage the symptoms of the wound and make the patient as comfortable as possible. Wound assessment by our care team helps track how specific wound care interventions are working.
Any wound can develop into an infection. Usually, the immune system tries to fight against the bacteria, virus or fungi that enter the wound site. Due to the individual’s chronic illness, their immune system may be weak. To combat infections, a palliative care doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to treat widespread infections.
Wounds can cause pain, which is why managing this pain is a big part of palliative care. Dressing removal is often the most painful part of the wound management regime. To minimize discomfort, a palliative care nurse may wet the area to help loosen the adhesive and prevent pain when pulling off the wound.
Wound Odor and Exudate
Some wounds may exude fluids or produce odors. Wound exudate is a liquid produced by the body in response to tissue damage. In most cases, wound exudate is not an issue. However, continued exudate from wounds can cause damage because these fluids may contain enzymes that break down skin cells.
The palliative care team should address the cause of the odor and aim at controlling the infection. Wound cleansing and the application of odor-controlling dressings can help to reduce wound odor and manage exudate.
Prevention of Wounds
The geriatric population spends most of their time in bed or in a chair when receiving care, which can increase the risk of developing pressure wounds. To reduce the risk of this type of injury, palliative care nurses may reposition the patient often or use special pressure relieving mattresses and cushions.