Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics, Session 4: Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration

A New Ethics Webinar Series Co-sponsored by the Catholic Health Association in cooperation with
Georgetown University Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Healthcare Leadership
Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

In our ongoing commitment to provide timely, relevant information about emerging issues for Catholic health care, the Catholic Health Association is offering a monthly series of webinars to address and clarify critical ethical issues in caring for patients and families in Catholic hospitals, long-term care facilities and medical centers nationwide.

Each 45-minute session will examine the implications of a specific critical issue in clinical and organizational ethics in the context of Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). 

This presentation will review ethical aspects from a Catholic perspective of medically assisted nutrition and hydration. The focus will be on clinical presentations, effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of MANH in various settings, a review of directive #58 from the Ethical and Religious Directives, and a discussion of areas of possible confusion.