Ethical Issues in Instituting and Discontinuing Enteral Feeding
Herrmann, Virginia M.
Norris, Patrick F.
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America. 1998 Jul; 8(3): 723-732.
The shift from inpatient care has not lessened the importance of ethical issues in caring for patients. Dilemmas involving withholding and withdrawing enteral nutrition require input from the patient, family, and caregivers. Decisions to forego or discontinue treatment such as home enteral support should never be distinguished from the responsibility of providing support and compassionate care throughout life, even during dying.
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