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The department of pain and palliative medicine at Amrita Hospital focuses on the active total care of the person suffering from advanced and non-responsive diseases as well as their families. It is concerned with quality of life and addresses physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of suffering. The department seeks to provide total care for people suffering from cancer and chronic non cancerous ailments.
Utilising a team of committed palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers and office staff, we aim at improving quality of life with the available resources. We treat the person as a whole and not just the disease.
The very word ‘home care’ signifies the active total care provided at home to the patients and their families, who cannot approach the hospital for their treatment. Home care service is provided free of cost to all the deserving patients.
The concept of home care was adopted by Amrita Hospital in January 2001. It is provided for deserving patients who reside within a radial distance of forty kilometres from the hospital.
Minor procedures like ascitic tapping, urinary catheterization and bladder wash, wound debridement, nasogastric intubation, enemas and rectal evacuation, sponge bath, skin care, mouth care, bowel care, tracheostomy care, intravenous and subcutaneous infusions and injections, bedsore management, lymphoedema management, trigger point injections, etc. are done by the team at home.
Those patients who require care at home and those who cannot travel, which includes both cancer and non-cancer patients (mainly geriatric patients).
Lymphoedema is a notoriously debilitating progressive condition with no known cure. Worldwide, 140-250 million cases of lymphoedema are estimated to exist, with filariasis being the most common cause. Kerala has a high incidence. Because lymphoedema is disfiguring and sometimes painful and disabling, it can create mental, physical, and sexual problems.
We have specially trained palliative care nurses to provide patient tailored lymphoedema care. The majority of patients can be treated successfully with conservative measures.
The majority of pain types can be managed with pain medicines alone. A minority of pain cases may require hi-tech interventions for which this department is well equipped and is a leader in such services in the country.
This concept has been introduced in this institution with the objective of providing a pain free surgical experience to our patients. This venture is in line with the goal of achieving a ‘Pain Free Hospital’ status for this institution by 2020.
We work in partnership with surgical departments for the management of postoperative pain. Post operatively the patient stays pain free, comfortable and satisfied with the overall hospital experience.
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