May 2021 – When assessing palliative wounds- not expected to heal, sometimes managing the odiferous drainage can be the greatest kindness for patient and visitors.
Non-healing wounds are common at end-of-life, whether from pressure ulcers, vascular disease or tumors.
Foul-smelling drainage can be a source of embarrassment and cause social withdrawal and physical isolation for patients.
We suggest using a metronidazole 500mg tablet, crushed and sprinkled on the wound bed with each dressing change. It knocks back enough bacteria to help odor and can reduce drainage to allow for less frequent dressing changes too.
Hospice of the Northwest is a skilled, caring and compassionate team of nursing, medical, social and spiritual professionals, volunteers and generous donors. Together, we provide comprehensive care and comfort for patients facing serious illness and the loved ones who care for them. We’ve been serving the residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish Counties since 1989.