I am a nursing student and today was my second day in clinical. I cared for a 98 year old lady who came in with aspiration pneumonia. her ongoing health challenges also include alzheimers, osteoperosis and CHF.
Basically my problem has been that this lady is NPO and receiving no IV hydration only IV antibiotics. Her family keep questioning why she is receiving no nutrition and fluids. They feel she is suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. The nurse explained that she can't receive fluids because it will simply go straight to her lungs.
is it the dr's responsibility to explain this to rhe family or nurses?
and how can I find the words to explain this to them?
I'd appreciate any help