In the Patient's Best Interests? Dehydration in Dying Patients
Professional Nurse (London). 1994 Nov; 10(2): 82-84, 86-87.
1. Little is known about the physiological effects of dehydration in terminally ill patients. 2. Terminally ill patients in hospices are not usually given IV infusions. 3. Dying patients not given artificial hydration are less likely to need suction. 4. Hydrating dying patients may add to their distress.
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