By preventing and relieving suffering, palliative care improves the quality of life for patients facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. This care approach emphasizes early identification, impeccable assessment, and treatment of pain and other issues—physical, psychosocial, and spiritual.
When relieving distressing symptoms takes higher priority than healing the wound, the patient may choose palliative wound care after consulting with the medical team. Addressing such issues as pain, odor, exudate, bleeding, infection, and cosmetic appearance, this treatment approach couples the elements of traditional wound care with symptom management. When delivered correctly, it brings patient-centered care to life.