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Should artificial feeding and the use of antibiotic drugs be withheld from a patient who has no hope of recovery even if it this will cause the patient to die shortly thereafter?

Case Study Thoughts

The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed to support patients as they near death. But the reality for patients and families has been mixed.

The system, which can involve withdrawal of medication, food and fluids, was developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s Marie Curie hospice in the 1990s to provide a model of best practice in the care of dying patients.

 Case Study

  • Who is it that can make this decision?
  • At what level of dependency must a patient have before
  • At what point is there “no hope for recovery”?

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