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Management of malodour in palliative wound care

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) defined palliative care as: 'an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, and impeccable assessment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual'.

Palliative wound care involves care of patients who have long-term, potentially life-limiting, or single/multiple illness of any aetiology, which may result in the development of altered skin, such as pressure ulcers, leg ulcers, cellulitis or wound infection. 1 In this context, it is proposed that life-limiting may mean months or years.

Palliative wound care has been defined as: 'a holistic integrated approach to care that addresses symptom management and psychosocial wellbeing'. The WHO also stated that palliative care 'is multidisciplinary, is driven by patient/family goals and is integrated into wound healing principles and everyday practice'.2

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