A Discussion of Some Moral Issues in Nutrition and Feeding
Erde, Edmund L.
Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. 1985 Spring/Summer; 6(1): 5-11.
The staff of a nursing home was reluctant to accept a patient who required nourishment through a pump-fed nasogastric tube. To resolve the conflict, the admitting physician and an ethicist met with the nurses. The nurses' personal reasons for objecting to the pump included a dislike of machines and of the pump's alarm. On the professional level, many nurses feared that they would not spend as much time interacting with and nurturing the patient if they did not have to spend a prescribed amount of time feeding him. The authors discuss general emotions about feeding and nutrition, and briefly note the implications of these emotional reactions for withholding nourishment and force feeding. (KIE abstract)
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