Recent developments in home total parenteral nutrition.

Abstract

Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) support has been an advancing therapy in the past 30 years. Patients who previously had no options to sustain their lives are now able to live at home, maintain employment, and continue with most daily activities. Although this therapy has been innovative and successful, it requires great financial and professional resources. The expense of HPN makes most patients dependent on third-party payment, and the complications can result in frequent hospitalizations and may be life-threatening. For these reasons, extensive training of the patient and caregivers is necessary. Thorough and time-consuming monitoring by a multidisciplinary team of professionals is also essential. Home care and supply companies offer services that make the process of home TPN easier for the patient and the healthcare team. Advances in the area of home nutrition support are expected to continue as the demand for this therapy rises.

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@article{Fish2000RecentDI, title={Recent developments in home total parenteral nutrition.}, author={Jesse Fish and Ezra Steiger and Douglas L Seidner}, journal={Current gastroenterology reports}, year={2000}, volume={2 4}, pages={327-30} }