Canterbury DHB


Level 3 - Parenteral nutrition

Refers to the use of intravenous (IV) nutrition given via central line such as a Hickman, PICC or HICC.

Consider when:

PN consists of three nutrient components: dextrose, protein, and lipid. The formula provides water, protein, carbohydrate, and ions (including sodium, potassium, phosphate, magnesium). The concentrations of ions can be adjusted depending on the patient's bloods. Calcium, vitamins, and trace elements (zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, and selenium) are added to the bags.

Parenteral nutrition is available in four different formulations:

Daily monitoring of electrolytes is required – full electrolytes including phosphate. Bloods (BMTP or TPN2) should be taken early morning (6 am)

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Last Reviewed:

January 2019

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January 2022


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Topic Code: 6586