Nutrition screenings should be regular part of geriatric health assessment
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) As older adults typically have one or more chronic health conditions that can affect dietary intake, malnutrition has been identified as a serious problem in older adults. This has given rise to the recommendation that nutrition screenings be a mandatory part of the comprehensive geriatric analysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Prolonged use of stomach feeding tubes in children may increase risk of stomach fistulas
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Pediatric patients with intestinal failure often need gastrostomy tubes, or feeding tubes inserted into an opening created in the stomach, for long-term nutrition. The use of such tubes can lead to persistent gastrocutaneous fistulae, or the failure of the opening to close on its own, resulting in a need for surgical closure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Malnutrition screening of hospital patients common but hospitals failing on nutrition care
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) A new study gives hospitals overall good marks for conducting nutrition screenings within 24 hours of a patient's admission, but finds that many need to improve other practices to be more effective. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Revisions needed for current IV feeding safeguards against bloodstream infections
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Current guidelines to help prevent bloodstream infections during intravenous feeding may need revisions to strengthen protections for patients, a new study finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers call for patients who receive home nutritional care to have emergency plans
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) On the heels of the 2014 hurricane season, researchers are calling for home parenteral and enteral nutrition consumers and their homecare providers to have a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan to ensure that special needs are met during the time of a disaster. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 26, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Survey finds 'significant gap' in detection of malnutrition in Canadian hospital patients
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) A new survey of Canadian physicians shows a 'significant gap' between optimal practices to detect nutrition problems in hospitalized patients and what action is actually taking place. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Class I Medical Device Recall: Baxter Corporation Englewood, ABACUS Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculation Software, Versions 3.1, 3.0, 2.1, and 2.0 - Software Errors May Cause Toxic or Overdose Symptoms
ABACUS Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Calculation Software is a Windows-based software application used by pharmacists to calculate or order TPN formulas. TPN is used to meet the nutritional needs of patients who cannot eat or drink by mouth and is... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - May 22, 2014 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Predictor of Wean From Parenteral Nutrition in Short BowelPredictor of Wean From Parenteral Nutrition in Short Bowel
Neonates with short bowel syndrome had a much better chance of being weaned from parenteral nutrition if their remaining intestine was at least 50 cm long, according to a new study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Audit of NHS care for the dying published
“Thousands of patients are “dying badly” in NHS hospitals every year,” The Independent reports. An audit, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, found some NHS trusts are failing to adhere to agreed guidelines on palliative care. Other problems, identified by the audit, and picked up by the media include “Sick and elderly patients are not being told they are dying in more than half of cases,” as The Daily Telegraph reports, and how “Only a fifth of hospitals have specialist palliative care workers on duty on Saturdays and Sundays” the Daily Mail reports. The audit, despite the tone of much of the r...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Older people QA articles Source Type: news

Implementing All-in-One standard paediatric nutrition
The arrival of all-in-one parenteral nutrition has signalled an important shift in practice in paediatrics but it is important to acknowledge that there will always be children outside the remit of standardisation (Source: Pharmacy Europe)
Source: Pharmacy Europe - May 8, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: ebercott Tags: Featured Articles Source Type: news

Optimising care and reducing risks
In certain circumstances, parenteral nutrition has become an established method of administering nutrition and hydration and this article gives an overview of the indications, risks and essential care associated with its use (Source: Pharmacy Europe)
Source: Pharmacy Europe - May 8, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: ebercott Tags: Featured Articles Source Type: news

News from the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition -- JPEN -- May 2014
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Select clinical nutrition research findings from the Journal of Parenteral and External Nutrition are presented. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 6, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

News from the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN) April 2014
(American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)) Select clinical nutrition research findings from the Journal of Parenteral and External Nutrition are presented. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 10, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Help in Choosing IV Nutrition in Cachectic CancerHelp in Choosing IV Nutrition in Cachectic Cancer
Should clinicians offer parenteral nutrition to cachectic cancer patients who are unable to eat? Dr. David Kerr reports on a study that provides important evidence for this controversial issue. Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Urology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Urology Headlines - April 7, 2014 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

Complications associated with lipid emulsion therapy
3 out of 5 stars Complications Following Antidotal Use of Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy. Levine M et al. J Med Toxicol 2014 Mar;10:10-14. Abstract Known complications of intralipid administration include pancreatitis, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and interference with laboratory tests. While these complications can be seen when intralipid is administered for parenteral nutrition, there is interest concerning to what extent they occur when lipid emulsion therapy (LET) is given as a rescue antidote to treat lipophilic drug toxicities. The authors retrospectively reviewed registries at two tertiary care m...
Source: The Poison Review - March 28, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical adverse event antidote complication intralipid emulsion therapy Source Type: news