Palliative care is a field of medicine that aims to help patients or their relatives who need support at the end of life as a result of newly developing and no longer fully recovered, affecting one or more organ systems. It is also known as 'supportive care'. It is a form of care focused on relieving the suffering of the patient and increasing the quality of life.
Communication with the patient and their relatives, acceptance of death as a natural process, providing support to the family during the grieving process are among the principles of palliative care.
Who Needs Palliative Care ?
- Patients with previous cerebrovascular disease
- Patients in need of care who develop brain hypoxemia after cardiopulmonary resuscitation for any reason.
- Patients with severe organ failure
- Cancer patients who do not respond to treatment
- Patients who need impaired nutritional support due to physical and neurological/psychological reasons
- Bedridden patients with bedsores
Support and Treatment Services of Palliative Care
- Pain relief or control, especially in end-stage cancer patients
- Control and alleviate symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, insomnia, depression
- Providing nutritional support
- Relief of breathing
- Meeting the psycho-social and spiritual needs of the patient and his family
- Educating the patient and his family