INPA are pleased to have been involved in a new publication entitled Clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and adults who lack the capacity to consent: guidance for decision-making in England and Wales launched on Wednesday 12th December 2018.
The British Medical Association and Royal College of Physician’s new guidance has also been endorsed by the General Medical Council and marks the culmination of a lengthy piece of work developing the guidance. INPA played a vitally important role in running a focus group for members and specialist nurses which helped to shape and user-test the guidance.
In addition to the main guidance document, the BMA have also published a quick reference guide; a guide to implementation aimed at healthcare providers, funders, and managers; and a short information leaflet for families about their role in the decision-making process. You can access these, as well as various training resources, at www.bma.org.uk/CANH
Decisions to withdraw clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) from patients in permanent vegetative state (PVS) or minimally conscious state (MCS) following sudden onset profound brain injury. Interim guidance for health professionals in England and Wales.
This new information will help support doctors and improve practice in this complex and challenging area of medicine and law.