1 Persistent vegetative state is also referred to as ‘permanent vegetative state’.
2 ‘Artificial nutrition and hydration’ is the phrase sometimes used in healthcare settings. However, we believe that ‘clinically assisted nutrition and hydration’ is a more accurate description of the use of a drip, a nasogastric tube or a tube surgically implanted into the stomach, to provide nutrition and fluids.
3 ‘Benefit’ as set out in the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
4 ‘Best interests’ as set out in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (in England and Wales) and common law in Northern Ireland.