Interdisciplinary approach to long-term home parenteral nutrition

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“Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is indicated for adults and children who cannot digest and absorb food and who are able to receive therapy safely outside of a hospital. How successful this therapy is depends on the patient’s support system and ability to learn and independently administer medically complex procedures.” Winkler and Guenter (2014).

Reference:

Winkler, M. and Guenter, P. (2014) Long-Term Home Parenteral Nutrition: It Takes an Interdisciplinary Approach. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 37(5), p.389-395.

Abstract:

Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is indicated for adults and children who cannot digest and absorb food and who are able to receive therapy safely outside of a hospital. How successful this therapy is depends on the patient’s support system and ability to learn and independently administer medically complex procedures. Transition to home is facilitated by identifying all necessary therapies, obtaining information to demonstrate medical necessity, establishing central venous access, reaching goal infusion rate, identifying who will write HPN orders, and coordinating care among all home care providers. An interdisciplinary team provides the most successful process to ensure safe HPN.

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