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TPN was posted 09/01/2007 03:55 pm by ClaudiaR
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We were told that hospice doesn't do TPN. One of the philosophies of hospice (at least my mother's hospice) was that all meds other than pain meds must be taken orally. The thinking was explained to me this way, and it made sense to me: The last thing you want is the patient in a vegetative state, in a coma, kept alive indefinitely. And that was true. TPN puts you in a situation where a person can be in a coma and not die. Everyone has to sort through how he or she feels about this. Claudia

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