Table 2

Detailed information concerning fluid intake during the last period of life

Total (n=371)Hospital (n=164)Hospice (n=207)
Week before the start of the CPD
 Orally
  n (%) Yes302 (81%)121 (74%)181 (87%)
  Median, range625 mL (125–1000 mL)625 mL (125–1000 mL)625 mL (125–1000 mL)
 Intravenous
  n (%) Yes 90 (24%)85 (52%)5 (2%)
  Median, range1250 mL (250–1500 mL)1250 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (750–750 mL)
 Tube
  n (%) Yes 23 (6%)18 (11%)5 (2%)
  Median, range750 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (250–1500 mL)
Day before the start of the CPD
 Orally
  n (%) Yes255 (69%)106 (65%)149 (72%)
  Median, range125 mL (125–1000 mL)625 mL (125–1000 mL)125 mL (125–1000 mL)
 Intravenous
  n (%) Yes 94 (25%)90 (55%)4 (2%)
  Median, range750 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (250–750 mL)
 Tube
  n (%) Yes 19 (5%)17 (10%)2 (1%)
  Median, range750 mL (250–1500 mL)750 mL (250–1500 mL)500 mL (250–750 mL)
During the dying phase
 Orally
  n (%) Yes152 (41%)66 (40%)86 (42%)
  Median, range250 mL (25–1650 mL)250 mL (25–1650 mL)220 mL (27–1038 mL)
 Intravenous
  n (%) Yes125 (34%)121 (74%)4 (2%)
  Median, range179 mL (6–1500 mL)179 mL (6–1500 mL)297 mL (31–719 mL)
 Tube
  n (%) Yes 12 (3%)9 (6%)3 (1%)
  Median, range21 mL (4–107 mL)31 mL (5–107 mL)9 mL (4–11 mL)
  • CPD, Care Program for the Dying.