terminal ward

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A section of a hospital that houses patients with terminal (incurable) diseases. The treatment in terminal wards, which is often referred to as hospice or palliative care, does not include attempts to cure the illness, but instead is focused on managing symptoms, easing pain, and making sure dying patients are as free of discomfort as possible.

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"A hospital room, March 10, 2005" by Tomasz Sienicki is licensed under Public Domain.

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