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For Dementia Patients, Feeding Tubes May Increase Bed Sores
Date:5/14/2012

dementia]," lead author Dr. Joan Teno, a gerontologist and professor of health services, policy and practice in the Public Health Program at Brown, said in a university news release.

"We see a substantial risk of people developing a stage 2 and higher [bed sore]," she said. "We believe these risks should be discussed with family members before a decision is made to insert a feeding tube in a hospitalized nursing home resident with advanced [dementia]."

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The American Physical Therapy Association has more about bed sores.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Brown University, news release, May 14, 2012


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