Regarding Palliative Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Surgery

Palliative medicine is the multidisciplinary approach to the specialized care of patients with serious illnesses and focuses on providing all patients relief from the physical symptoms, physical stresses and mental stresses of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis and regardless of the prognosis. Palliative medicine has been recognized as a subspecialty certification in American health care since 2006 and is now cosponsored by 10 boards, including the American Board of Anesthesiology. Many symptom complexes can be managed by palliative medicine consultants and include the following: pain, nausea/vomiting/abdominal distention, dyspnea, wound odor/wound drainage, jaundice/anorexia, immobility, dysphagia, hemorrhage and fistula management. As other fields of medicine focus on the management of the disease process, the field of palliative medicine focuses primarily on symptom management and the relief of suffering for both the patient and...

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