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Parenteral nutrition: ethical and legal considerations

By G M Sayers, D A J Lloyd and S M Gabe

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Parenteral nutrition is an expensive therapeutic modality that is used to treat patients with intestinal failure. The benefit it offers in terms of life prolongation needs to be weighed against its risks and burdens. Through the use of descriptive clinical vignettes, this article illustrates the ethical and legal principles that underpin decisions to administer and, more importantly, to withhold or withdraw parenteral nutrition

Topics: Ethicolegal
Publisher: BMJ Group
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2596708
Provided by: PubMed Central
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