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Feeding tube

Feeding tubes, advanced dementia, and informed consent

By: Chris Wilson, JD, MS, RN, HEC-C

To: Ethics Advisory Board   From: Concerned skilled nursing facility nurse Subject: Feeding tubes   I am an RN supervisor at a skilled nursing facility. Several patients here have advanced dementia and all of them have the same attending physician, who routinely orders feeding tubes when these patients become unable to feed themselves. I recently spoke with…

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