End-of-life Care: Is PEG Tube Feeding Appropriate?

Green Clock Hours: 1.00

Tube feeding has been used for decades for those who cannot or will not eat or drink enough to maintain nutrition and/or hydration status. The decision to place a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube can be difficult. While it can benefit some patients, the risks of tube feeding may outweigh the benefits. Tube feeding is not without medical risk and can have a negative effect on quality of life. Patients and providers should evaluate a patient’s prognosis and goals for treatment carefully and discuss the risks and benefits of PEG tube placement with each patient prior to initiating a placement.



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Tube feeding has been used for decades for those who cannot or will not eat or drink enough to maintain nutrition and/or hydration status. The decision to place a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube can be difficult. While it can benefit some patients, the risks of tube feeding may outweigh the benefits. Tube feeding is not without medical risk and can have a negative effect on quality of life. Patients and providers should evaluate a patient’s prognosis and goals for treatment carefully and discuss the risks and benefits of PEG tube placement with each patient prior to initiating a placement.



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