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Special Therapeutic Issues: Hydration, Nutrition, and Antibiotics in End-of-Life Care

James L. Hallenbeck

in Palliative Care Perspectives

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165784
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165784.003.0006
Special Therapeutic Issues: Hydration, Nutrition, and Antibiotics in End-of-Life Care

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This chapter discusses special therapeutic issues in end-of-life care, particularly hydration, nutrition, and antibiotics. Hydration and nutrition are the means of accomplishing the two overt goals of sustaining life through the provision of calories, nutrients, and water and the alleviation of suffering associated with hunger, thirst, and decreased functional status. However, in palliative care, distinctions between life-prolonging and life-enhancing goals are often required because confusion about goals in this area causes a great deal of distress in palliative and end-of-life care. The chapter suggests that the main consideration in giving antibiotics is whether it will be helpful in reaching certain goals.

Keywords: end of life; special therapy; hydration; nutrition; antibiotics

Chapter.  4425 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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