Artificial Nutrition & Hydration
Palliative care patients frequently are unable to eat or drink enough to maintain an adequate state of nutrition or hydration. Towards the end of life, this is a normal part of the dying process and it is usually inappropriate to give artificial nutrition or hydration in these circumstances. Palliative Care experience would suggest that most patients die peacefully without the need for artificial nutrition or hydration and this is standard palliative care practice.
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