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Do Dying Patients Really Need IV Fluids?

Zerwekh, Joyce V. EdD, MA, BSN

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In a landmark 1983 article, this hospice nurse questioned the practice of giving IV fluids to terminally ill patients. Since then, she reports, evidence has grown that in many cases, artificial hydration is misguided mercy that neither gives comfort nor prolongs life.

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