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The medical provision of hydration and nutrition: Two very different outcomes in Victoria and Florida

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posted on 01.02.2004, 00:00 authored by Danuta MendelsonDanuta Mendelson, M Ashby
Decisions to withhold or withdraw medical hydration and nutrition are amongst the most difficult that confront patients and their families, medical
and other health professionals all over the world. This article discusses two cases relating to lawful withdrawal and withholding of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube (PEG) from incompetent patients with no hope of recovery. Victoria and Florida have statutory frameworks that provide for advance directives, however in both Gardner; Re BWV and Schindler v Schiavo; Re Scliiavo the respective patients did not leave documented instructions. The article analyses the two cases and their outcomes from legal, medical and ethical perspectives.

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Journal

Journal of law and medicine

Volume

11

Issue

3

Pagination

282 - 291

Publisher

Lawbook Co

Location

North Ryde, NSW

ISSN

1320-159X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2004, Thomson & Legal Regulatory Ltd

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