Artificial Nutrition And Hydration Should Not Be Used For End Of Life Patients

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Artificial nutrition and hydration should not be used for end of life patients because intravenous hydration can have a negative impact on the quality of their life. According to RJ Ackermann, M.D (Medical Doctor), “There is always a risk when someone is fed through a tube. Liquid might enter the lungs. This can cause coughing and pneumonia… They can become plugged up, causing pain, nausea and vomiting” (Artificial Hydration and Nutrition par. 19). This quote shows that it is risky to use a feeding tube because liquid can enter the lungs and cause coughing and pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammation of one or both lungs, and it may fill with fluid. Feeding tubes are one of the many methods of artificial nutrition and hydration (N&H). When a feeding tube gets “plugged up”, meaning that it gets clogged up, it causes pain, nausea, and vomiting. Since this is a way of artificial N&H, these are bad symptoms that has a negative impact on the patient’s quality of life. M. Patricia Fuhrman, RD (Registered Dietitian), observes that, “The provision of intravenous hydration can have a negative impact on quality of life by increasing … urinary output, nausea, vomiting …” (Nutrition Support at the End of Life : A Critical Decision par. 12). This shows exactly how intravenous hydration can have a negative impact on the quality of a patient’s life. It causes awful symptoms such as urinary output, nausea, and vomiting. The bad symptoms will add discomfort to the terminal disease they’re…

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