(From the September 2013 Issue of MedStat)
Situation: Omission of critical components of Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) fluid and failure to monitor specific lab values can lead to patient harm.
Background: TPN is considered a medication that requires careful supervision by the attending physician. As such, a standardized process of communication, assessment and monitoring of the TPN therapy is required.
Assessment: Several process changes in TPN management have been recommended.
Recommendations: There are recommendations for TPN process changes for the medical staff regarding TPN management.
Please see the insert in your September Medical Staff Mailing for TPN recommendations.