The proportion of long-term care residents who had advanced dementia and received feeding tubes dropped by 50% between 2000 and 2014, according to a new analysis.
Acute care hospitals more likely to use feeding tubes on dementia patients from nursing homes, study findsFebruary 11, 2010
Advanced dementia patients are more likely to receive feeding tubes if they are taken from nursing homes to acute care hospitals, according to a new report. This occurs despite mounting evidence that using feeding tubes on these patients is not beneficial.
There is no real benefit to using feeding tubes to care for those approaching the end of life. They should be considered only as a last possible option, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians published Wednesday.