This webinar will review the topic of the use of feeding tubes with
particular attention to the care of individuals with dementing illnesses and
strokes. The discussion will include a review of the clinical use of feeding
tubes, risks and benefits, ethical concerns, and decision making in the light of
St. Pope John Paul II's allocution on "Life Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative
State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas" and the Ethical and
Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. A focus will be on
considering feeding disorders in dementing illnesses and clinical distinctions
in the indications for tube feeding in persons with strokes, depending on the
particular type of stroke and the region of the brain affected.
Presenter: Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, Assistant to the Provincial for
Senior Jesuits, USA Northeast Province, Waterton, Mass.
Run Time: 75 minutes