Practical aspects relating to parenteral nutrition for adults

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“Over the last 50 years, parenteral nutrition has been recognised as an invaluable and potentially lifesaving tool in the physician’s arsenal in the management of patients with intestinal failure or inaccessibility; however, it may also be associated with a number of potentially life-threatening complications” Inayet and and Neild (2015).

Reference:

Inayet, N. and Neild, P. (2015) Parenteral nutrition. The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 45(1), p.45-8.

Abstract:

Over the last 50 years, parenteral nutrition has been recognised as an invaluable and potentially lifesaving tool in the physician’s arsenal in the management of patients with intestinal failure or inaccessibility; however, it may also be associated with a number of potentially life-threatening complications. A recent NCEPOD report (2010) identified a number of inadequacies in the overall provision and management of parenteral nutrition and recommendations were made with the aim of improving clinical practice in the future. This paper focuses on the practical aspects relating to parenteral nutrition for adults, including important concepts, such as patient selection, as well as general management. We also explore the various pitfalls and potential complications and how these may be minimised.

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