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Monday, 03 April 2017 09:37

Complications of nutritional support

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Nutritional support is necessary for many hospitalised patients who should not, cannot or will not eat.

Parenteral nutrition (PN) utilises specially formulated mixtures containing lipids, emulsions, and sources of nitrogen, electrolytes, vitamins, trace elements and sufficient calories to sustain a patient. PN is delivered directly into the patient’s bloodstream via a central venous catheter.

Accelerate research identified that there are approximately 1200 patients in England on home parenteral nutrition. Community PN users require portable nutrition pumps which are often carried in a backpack. Pumps are usually selected on the basis of portability, ease of use and noise whilst the major complications identified that are associated with PN include catheter related infections, metabolic and thrombotic complications.


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