About Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) also known as intravenous feeding, is a method of getting nutrition into the body through the veins and is the only feasible option for patients who do not have a functioning gastrointestinal tract or who have disorders requiring complete bowel rest.
TPN therapy delivers nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, electrolytes, and trace elements to the body. These nutrients are vital to maintaining high energy, hydration and strength levels.
Parenteral nutrition is administered through a needle or catheter which is placed in a large vein that goes to the heart. It is usually given continuously over 10-12 hours.
Common diagnosis for Total Parenteral Nutrition:
- Crohn’s disease
- Short bowel syndrome
- Ischemic bowel disease
- Bowel obstruction
- Certain pediatric GI disorders
- Post-Operative Surgical conditions