Commentary on Nalls to Editor’s Note: Palliative Wound Care for PALTC

        Dr. Nalls’s column on palliative wound care in the post-acute and long-term care setting reminds us of the importance of goals of care and symptom management when addressing maintenance wound care. As practitioners, we strive to cure what we can and close wounds. However, we need to recognize that delayed wound healing is common among older adults in PALTC settings. Preventing complications and effectively managing symptoms such as discomfort and drainage, as well as minimizing secondary infection are also worthy goals. We encourage you to share Dr. Nalls’s suggestions for documentation of wound prognosis and links to practical resources with your wound care team.
        — Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, editor in chief

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        • Palliative Wound Care for PALTC
          Caring for the AgesVol. 22Issue 2
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            It is well-known that many residents in the post-acute and long-term care setting have contracted, suffered from, and succumbed to COVID-19. Lesser known is that many PALTC wound experts expect the rates of pressure injuries to increase due to the virus’s impact on oxygen perfusion and the vascular system. These experts are encouraging PALTC clinicians to have candid conversations with patients and their responsible parties about the concept of maintenance and/or palliative wound care (Wound Manag Prev 2020;66:5–7).
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