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Parenteral Nutrition Treatment Information
Our services include:
- Nutrition services. Our pharmacists work closely with your physician to develop a parenteral nutrition formula that meets your specific nutritional needs. We arrange for delivery of all parenteral nutrition equipment and supplies to your home. We also contact you regularly to check on supply levels and ask about how you are tolerating your nutrition therapy. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions.
- Education. Our nurses help you and/or your caregiver learn to administer your parenteral nutrition (also called TPN) on the schedule prescribed by your physician. Schedule adjustments are sometimes helpful to fit your lifestyle or allow you to more easily tolerate this type of feeding, and we can discuss this type of change with your physician if appropriate. The most common approach is to perform feedings overnight, each night, with a pump. We teach you about proper storage and use of all of the supplies and equipment for your nutrition therapy. Depending on how long you will receive your nutrition through an IV, your physician decides what type of IV access device is best for you and arranges for you to have it placed before therapy. This sometimes involves a surgical procedure, depending on your situation. In any case, we teach you how to care for your IV catheter and provide the supplies you need. Other components of training include being aware of common equipment problems and knowing how to spot signs of infection, blood clots and other health issues related to IV nutrition therapy.
- Monitoring. Your parenteral nutrition formula includes protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and water specially designed for your unique needs. While you are receiving parenteral nutrition, your physician orders regular blood tests. The blood samples may be drawn by your home nurse or you may need to go to a laboratory for testing. Blood testing helps your physician ensure that your formula is still just right for you. Our pharmacists watch for your lab results and consult with your physician to adjust your formula as needed.
Parenteral Nutrition Support Services
More information on parenteral nutrition is available from these organizations:
A Sampling of Parenteral Nutrition Support Services
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
This professional association provides a patient-friendly overview of parenteral nutrition.
This website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains several aspects of parenteral nutrition, including administration, storage and possible side effects.
The Oley Foundation
The mission of this nonprofit group is to use education, outreach and networking to enrich the lives of people who need parenteral or enteral nutrition.
Parenteral Nutrition Request a Consultation
Call 317.962.4600 to ask about parenteral nutrition (TPN) provided by IU Health in the home, or to speak with one of our home infusion nurses or pharmacists.
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