Standardized competencies for the review and compounding of parenteral nutrition

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The verification and review, as well as preparation of this complex therapy, require competency that may be determined by using a standardized process for pharmacists and for pharmacy technicians involved with PN” Boullata et al (2016).

Abstract:

Parenteral nutrition (PN) is a high-alert medication with a complex drug use process. Key steps in the process include the review of each PN prescription followed by the preparation of the formulation. The preparation step includes compounding the PN or activating a standardized commercially available PN product. The verification and review, as well as preparation of this complex therapy, require competency that may be determined by using a standardized process for pharmacists and for pharmacy technicians involved with PN. An American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) standardized model for PN order review and PN preparation competencies is proposed based on a competency framework, the ASPEN-published interdisciplinary core competencies, safe practice recommendations, and clinical guidelines, and is intended for institutions and agencies to use with their staff. This document has been approved by the ASPEN Board of Directors.

Reference:

Boullata, J.I., Holcombe, B., Sacks, G., Gervasio, J., Adams, S.C., Christensen, M., Durfee, S., Ayers, P., Marshall, N., Guenter, P. (2016) Standardized Competencies for Parenteral Nutrition Order Review and Parenteral Nutrition Preparation, Including Compounding: The ASPEN Model. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. June 17th. [Epub ahead of print].

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