Wound care at end of life is intended to be a quick reference guide for palliative management of wounds in hospice care the authors and collaborators have systematically reviewed and collected . End of life patient care includes a variety of wound care challenges much of current evidence based wound care practice focuses on the outcome of healing which may not be an expected or desired outcome at end of life patients under hospice care deserve to have symptoms of all types managed and this should include wound management. The goals of wound care in hospice wounds are a common occurrence in patients with terminal illnesses of the over 16 million patients who receive care from hospice programs across the united states nearly 1 out of every 3 patients suffer from some form of wound as they near the end of life. The goal of hospice is to promote quality of life with a focus on managing pain the skin deterioration observed in pressure ulcers or other wounds is a symptom of body systems breaking down even in the final stages of life good wound care can contribute to physical psychological and emotional comfort. Guidelines for wound management in palliative care o basic wound care article o contains good palliative wound care principles o author out of new zealand so some products are different than those in us o great section on guide to wound dressings for those who are not wound specialists or just starting wound care as part of their
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