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Sunday, April 27 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Palliative Wound Care: When Should the Focus Shift?

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Palliative wound care is not synonymous with the abandonment of hope or treatment options or with hospice care. With the growing acceptance of treatments that do not necessarily have healing or eradication of a disease process as their end-point, palliative wound care is becoming increasingly sophisticated and consequently more effective at achieving its overarching objective of symptom control and supportive care for both the patient and their families. In fact, although most only consider palliative wound care for chronic wound patients with advanced disease or those at the end of life, the approaches recommended here apply to a relatively large population of wound patients where the focus should be shifted from healing to increased function. This session will provide an overview of the many issues relating to palliative care of chronic wounds.

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Kara Couch, NP

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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Oscar Alvarez, PhD

Calvary Hospital, Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care

Sunday April 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 6 - TBA Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center