These patients need increased medical attention and often present a problem with conventional methods of drug administration. The primary goal of treatments in this area is to keep patients comfortable. Compounded preparations can be used to treat a variety of underlying conditions related to hospice care, palliative care, and wound care management.
Patients in hospice care often have difficulty in swallowing. Therefore, other routes of administration must be used, and pharmacy compounding can help. Commonly, skin, rectal, and sublingual preparations can be used to help treat pain, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, and secretory issues. Wound care can also become an issue for these patients (i.e. bed sores). Depending on the pain and odor associated with the wound, treatment options will vary. Talk to your pharmacy staff today for more information regarding medications for all these ailments.