STANDARDS OF PRACTICE OF FASTING SUPERVISION

1. Prior to undertaking the supervision of a fast, the physician shall collect an appropriate case history and perform a physical examination.

2. Appropriate medical consultation shall be made for patients on prescribed medication when any modifications of the same are intended or anticipated.

3. Absent exceptional circumstances, appropriate laboratory monitoring is advisable for all fasting patients prior to initiating the fast. For all fasts beyond seven (7) days, ongoing continuous physiological monitoring shall be undertaken as deemed appropriate within the view of the attending physician.

4. Informed consent will be secured from all patients and the same will be documented in the patient's file.

5. Vital signs of all fasting patients will be monitored daily and more often if necessary in view of the attending physician. Such monitoring will consist of at least the taking of blood pressure and pulse.

6. A written daily record of progress will be made, which shall include appropriate vital signs.

7. Water shall be available to patients at all times.

8. Care shall be exercised in terminating the fast and supervised post-fasting recuperation consistent with hygienic principles. Patients shall be encouraged to remain under supervision until sufficient recovery has been attained.


Adopted 8/21/84
Amended 7/20/86
Amended 7/3/95







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