Ethics of feeding tube - page 2

Is it ethical to place a feeding tube in a patient/resident of a LTC because it takes 2 hours per meal to feed the person? The person has no physical problem, is just very slow at eating, can swallow... Read More

  1. by   sharann
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    I find it unbelievable that anyone would ask or even consider putting a Gtube in because the person took 2 hours to eat! Borders on assault. Call the OT department and get an eval for self feeding. If that fails how about full liquids...hical cream....
    Just reminding everyone this is a discussion for an ethics course,but it is from a true situation.
  2. by   CHATSDALE
    we have had residents in different facilities and in home care in which a patient had a g-tube and was fed and if a certain % of meal is not eaten [usually less than 50%] than a supplemental feeding was given..
    if it takes two hours to eat a meal it passes from pleasure to a chore...three meals a day can take one on one aide when you consider their breaks etc who is taking care of the other residents....
    i am not taking the side of putting a tube indiscriminately w/o good cause but be realistic .. would you like to sit and have someone shove spoonfuls of food for two hours 3x daily
    if the patient is able to make a decision put the pluses and minus to him and let him make a decision about which would give him quality of life..