Medically Administered Nutrition and Hydration: Is it Ethically Required with Dementia and Stroke Patients?

This webinar reviews the topic of the use of feeding tubes with particular attention to the care of individuals with dementing illnesses and strokes. The discussion includes 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 considers 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.

Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, Assistant to the Provincial for Senior Jesuits, USA Northeast Province, Waterton, Mass.