Parenteral nutrition can be a matter of life or death for infants in the NICU. Infants — particularly premature infants — often require nutritional support, and parenteral nutrition 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. The urgency in initiating feeding is because of the infant’s higher metabolic rate and energy requirement per unit of body weight versus adults, so a delay in instituting parenteral nutrition can have dire consequences. This course will provide the latest evidence-based recommendations to successfully implement parenteral nutrition in the NICU, including determining nutrient needs, explaining how to provide those nutrients, monitoring responses and discus
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide current recommendations for optimal nutrition in NICU patients requiring parenteral nutrition. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
- List the indications for parenteral nutrition in the preterm infant
- Formulate an appropriate parenteral solution containing dextrose, amino acids and lipids with adequate protein and calories required by an infant to support adequate growth
- Determine appropriate fluid, electrolyte and micronutrient needs of preterm infants receiving parenteral nutrition
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3020, 5000, 5010, 5060, 5070, 5440 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 10.1.2, 10.2.7, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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