Understanding Infusion: Parenteral Nutrition
When a child is not able to rely on receiving all of their nutrition orally due to all or a part of their digestive system working improperly, parenteral nutrition (PN) can be administered intravenously to ensure the body has the nutrients it needs to continue growing. PHS infusion nurses are able to come administer this combination of electrolytes, sugar, lipids and IV fluids from the comfort of a patient’s home, reducing the travel time and stress that comes with needing this infusion regularly.
While there are a number of reasons for needing PN, a handful of diagnoses commonly requiring PN include:
- Short bowel disease
- Hirschsprung disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Ultimately, the goal is to wean a patient off PN if possible as long-term use can lead to liver damage. If a patient is able to be weaned off, it will be managed and planned by health care professionals working directly with the patient’s nutrition care plan.
If you or someone you know is in need of PN and want it to work around your schedule, call PHS at 651-642-1825 and ask to speak with an infusion nurse.
Originally published: April 24, 2015