Depends on the regulation put in place and circumstances
There's no practical difference between a dnr with no iv fluids, no hospitalization stipulations and a guy who is alert and just refuses to drink.
As a HCP you can force fluids on them without their consent, or not. If you respect patient autonomy, you don't force the fluids. That doesn't mean you can't alleviate other symptoms if that is a service that is desired.
Lack of water is what's going to kill you, because you don't want water. The HCP is not assisting in your lack of water, that's on you, because they're respecting your autonomy and you said "don't do it."
This ain't rocket surgery.
Last edited by JayDubya; 02-06-15 at 03:48 PM.