Væskeinfusion til døende?
- Side: 62-66
- Publisert på Idunn: 2015-03-30
- Publisert: 2004-09-14
In terminal care infusion is often administered as a routine. This is problematic since infusion to this group of patients can have inexpedient physical and psychosocial consequences. Infusions is a treatment, and according to legal and ethical guidelines patients have a right to renounce this kind of treatment. Nurses however seldom regard infusion as a treatment. Therefore they don’t realise that the patient’s right of self-determination is disregarded when decisions of infusion are based on a routine instead of an individual assessment. Without information and joint influence the dying patient doesn’t have the possibility of refusing infusion.