Ethical and legal points of view in parenteral nutrition – Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition, Chapter 12

S. Rothaermel, S. C. Bischoff, G. Bockenheimer-Lucius, A. Frewer, K. H. Wehkamp, G. Zuercher & Working Group For Developing The Guidelines For Parenteral Nutrition Of The German Association For Nutritional Medicine
Adequate nutrition is a part of medical treatment and is influenced by ethical and legal considerations. Patients, who cannot be sufficiently fed via the gastrointestinal tract, have the fundamental right to receive PN (parenteral nutrition) even so patients who are unable to give their consent. General objectives in nutrition support are to supply adequate nutrition with regards to the prevention of malnutrition and its consequences (increased morbidity and mortality), and thereby promoting improved outcome and/or...