Palliative wound care at the end of life

Ronda G. Hughes, Alexis D. Bakos, Ann O'Mara, Christine T. Kovner

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Wound care, a form of palliative care, supports the health care needs of dying patients by focusing on alleviating symptoms. Although wound care can be both healing and palliative, it can impair the quality of the end of life for the dying if it is done without proper consideration of the patient's wishes and best interests. Wound care may be optional for dying patients. This article will discuss the ethical responsibilities and challenges of providing wound care for surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, and wounds associated with cancer as well as wound care in home health compared to end of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-202
Number of pages7
JournalHome Health Care Management and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005


  • End of life
  • Ethical
  • Palliative
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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