Before we dive into our innovations that nourish, let’s start with the basics.
What is parenteral nutrition? Well, it’s nutrition. It’s nourishment…but not as you may know it. To be more technical, it’s the intravenous administration of nutrition, which may include protein, carbohydrates, fat, minerals and electrolytes, vitamins, and other trace elements.1 When patients are unable to maintain good nutritional status by mouth or through tube feeding formula, they may need parenteral nutrition.1 There are a variety of diseases or conditions that prevent patients from being able to eat, digest, or absorb the nutrition they need, including critical illness, bowel obstruction, GI fistulas, and severe acute pancreatitis.1 In 2014, there were about 34,000 U.S. hospitalized patients receiving parenteral nutrition.2
Did you know that parenteral nutrition can be used outside of the hospital? Patients can receive parenteral nutrition in long-term care facilities and at home. In fact, about 25,000 patients receive parenteral nutrition at home.3 And patients can live well on parenteral nutrition, whether they need it for a short time or a long time.1
What should you know about parenteral nutrition?