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How dpes family or doctor determine when to stop tube feeding in hospice?
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Dr. Anthony Back
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Quality of life
For the vast majority of hospice patients, tube feeding actually makes them more uncomfortable--they retain fluid, have more secretions, have to deal with the tube.
And tube feeding has never been shown to improve quality of life or lengthen survival--and this has been studied. Removing the tube can improve comfort and dignity, and won't hasten death.

In brief: Quality of life
For the vast majority of hospice patients, tube feeding actually makes them more uncomfortable--they retain fluid, have more secretions, have to deal with the tube.
And tube feeding has never been shown to improve quality of life or lengthen survival--and this has been studied. Removing the tube can improve comfort and dignity, and won't hasten death.
Dr. Anthony Back
Dr. Anthony Back
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Difficult
? To consider when making decisions abt tube feeding r similar to those abt etc medical treatments.
What does the patient want? Goals of tube feeding?What are the potential risks /benefits of tube feeding? Family members may want guidance from their cultural/faith community, to help weigh the implications of stopping feeding.Some patients repeatedly pull their tube as a signal cue for disapproval.

In brief: Difficult
? To consider when making decisions abt tube feeding r similar to those abt etc medical treatments.
What does the patient want? Goals of tube feeding?What are the potential risks /benefits of tube feeding? Family members may want guidance from their cultural/faith community, to help weigh the implications of stopping feeding.Some patients repeatedly pull their tube as a signal cue for disapproval.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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