Nutrition and Hydration

We offered this webinar on November 10, 2016.

If a terminal patient wishes to forgo food and water, is it ethical to honor their wishes? What are the medically accepted reasons for altered nutritional support and hydration? The goal of this webinar is to examine all aspects of ethical and medical issues surrounding nutritional support and hydration for patients near the end of life.

Key points of this webinar:

  • Examine how the cardinal ethical values impact decision-making regarding nutritional support and hydration at the end of life
  • Review the pathophysiological mechanisms that result in an altered nutritional status and altered hydration as patients near the end of life
  • Summarize the data in the medical literature regarding nutritional support and hydration support for patients near the end of life

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