Senior Abuse: Feeding Tubes

Feeding Tubes Part II- Profit Motives: Questionable Feeding Tube Usage in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Although there are legitimate situations where hospitals and nursing homes use feeding tubes, doing so for a patient with advanced cognitive issues can amplify medical and emotional problems for that individual. In too many situations, feeding tube decisions are made based on financial rather than patient care factors.

Statistically, for-profit hospitals are more likely to use feeding tubes, as are larger hospitals and those with the highest level of intensive care unit use for patients in their last six months of life.

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