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Course Overview

Parenteral nutrition (PN) can be a matter of life or death for infants in the NICU. Infants, particularly premature infants, often require nutrition support. PN is used in the first hours or days of life to maximize energy intake while oral or enteral feedings (or a combination of the two) are established. The urgency of initiating PN varies with gestational age and the infant’s medical conditions. Infants have a higher metabolic rate and energy requirement per unit of body weight vs. adults. A delay in instituting PN can lead to dire consequences. This course provides the latest evidence-based recommendations to successfully implement PN in the NICU, including determining nutrient needs, explaining how to provide those nutrients, monitoring responses, and discussing how to deal with shortages in parenteral products.

About the Course Author

Jessica McGee, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC, is a pediatric clinical dietitian and the clinical nutrition manager at Children’s National Health System. Jessica McGee, MS, RD, CSP, LD, CNSC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 3.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Determine appropriate fluid, electrolyte, and micronutrient needs of preterm infants receiving PN.; Formulate an appropriate parenteral solution containing dextrose, amino acids, and lipids with adequate protein and calories required by an infant to support adequate growth.; List the indications for PN in the preterm infant.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Level III level Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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