Nutrition & Hydration/Persistent Vegetative State (PVS)

After studying the course materials located on Module 7: Lecture Materials & Resources (MUST USE SOURCES GIVEN BELOW, AND CITE THEM, REFERNCE THEM TOO)page, answer the following:

  1. Cure / care: compare and contrast.
  2. Basic care: Nutrition, hydration, shelter, human interaction.
    • Are we morally obliged to this? Why? Example
  3. Swallow test, describe; when is it indicated?
  4. When is medically assisted N/H indicated?
    • Briefly describe Enteral Nutrition (EN), including:
      • NJ tube
      • NG tube
      • PEG
    • Briefly describe Parenteral Nutrition (PN), including:
      • a. Total parenteral nutrition
      • b. Partial parenteral nutrition
  5. Bioethical analysis of N/H; state the basic principle and briefly describe the two exceptions.
  6. Case Study: Terry Schiavo (EXCEL FILE on Module 7: Lecture Materials & Resources page). Provide a bioethical analysis of her case; should we continue with the PEG or not? Why yes or why not?
  7. Read and summarize ERD paragraphs #:  32, 33, 34, 56, 57, 58.


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