The universal requirement for nutrition means parenteral nutrition (PN) has the potential to be indicated regardless of which speciality a patient is managed under. From neonates to the elderly, depending on the clinical circumstances PN may be a necessary prescription. As such, if you are a healthcare professional in hospital practice it is more than likely you will come across patients requiring PN. Unlike many other medical interventions, the optimal management of a patient receiving PN requires coordinated expertise from the different professions. Doctor, dietitian, nurse or pharmacist - this resource could be of interest to you.
PN, whilst undoubtedly a lifesaver in certain circumstances, is a complex therapy which may be associated with serious complications. The effective administration of PN requires careful consideration of the reason for its use, the patient’s nutritional requirements, pharmaceutical supply, safety of intravenous access, maintenance and monitoring, management of complications and, as appropriate, its cessation. Each aspect can be highly involved, requiring the need for forethought and not necessarily supported by evidence for decision making. As such, the effective administration of PN can be challenging.
The aim of this e-learning resource is to take each step of the PN journey from the literature to the bedside as a resource to support daily practice. In an interactive format developed from the evidence and guidelines produced by the nutritional societies, the content comes with tools to contribute to your Continuing Professional Development. The information is stratified so you can learn in as much depth as is relevant to your practice. Downloadable data tables are provided for your reference.
Practice points, checkpoints and calculation points are included throughout the website highlighted by the icons below:
A practice point aims to provide pointers for taking theory and evidence into practice.
Check points are designed to highlight areas where you may need to check your local hospital or unit policy. These are particularly relevant where the research in an area is limited or has demonstrated conflicting results.
Much of designing a parenteral nutrition regimen involves calculations. Calculation points provide reference tables and interactive examples to support your learning.
Is it hoped by the end of this course you will be able to confidently formulate your own PNPLAN for every patient you come across requiring parenteral nutrition: