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Medsurg Nurs. 2000 Oct;9(5):233-44; quiz 245-7.

Artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life.

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  • 1V.A. Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA, USA.


Patients who are terminally ill do not respond to administration of artificial nutrition and hydration in the same way as patients who have potential for recovery. Knowledge of end-stage disease and ethical and legal parameters are necessary for health care team members to make clinically and morally sound therapeutic decisions in conjunction with the patient and family.

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