In your experience when a patient has entered end of life phase and family decides to dc continous tube feedings,is it completely dc'd at once or gradually the rate is lowered? I would think that discontinuing at once would be the kinder thing to do rather than drawing out the process but I've heard otherwise from another hospice rn recently... I just don't understand her rationale that the body needs to "get use to the lack of food" and think she might be referring back to when patients are started back on PO feedings, not dying.. I'm still new to hospice and could be wrong so thought I'd seek more experienced advice. This is all hypothetical at moment so dont want to bother md for his opinion right now. Thanks!