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American Nurses Association Tackles VSED

The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board has undertaken a
review and revision of the 2011 ANA position statement, Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life.  

The revision directly addresses VSED.  ANA is soliciting public comment on the revised position statement.  Comments are due December 1.

Among other recommendations, the ANA Position Statement says:

  • Decisions about accepting or forgoing nutrition and hydration will be honored, including those decisions about artificially delivered nutrition as well as VSED.
  • People with decision making capacity have the right to stop eating and drinking as a means to hasten death


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