- Oral problems may affect many palliative care patients, and can have a significant impact on their self-esteem, oral functions, and quality of life.
- Good mouth care is therefore a crucial aspect of palliative care, and should be part of daily routine nursing care.
- The aim of good mouth care is to prevent problems before they arise, and to control undesirable symptoms.
Common oral problems
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Nursing Care for the Palliative Care Patient
This section introduces some of the most common problems faced by palliative care patients and their approaches.
- Patients receiving palliative care often face skin problems, as a result of advanced disease and declining physical state.
- Nursing aspects consist of ensuring good skin care, managing skin breakdown and its associated symptoms, as well as addressing the psychosocial impact of wounds on patients and families.
Good skin care
This section covers the administration of high fleet enema. For more information on the management of constipation, please refer to Constipation.
Administration of high fleet enema
Indication for high fleet enema