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Parenteral Nutrition

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is parenteral nutrition (PN)?

PN provides your body with nutrients. PN is recommended when you are not able to eat enough to get the nutrients you need. PN is given through an IV placed in a vein in your arm, upper chest, or neck. PN provides you with liquid nutrients. These include protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. You may need PN for weeks or months.

What will happen when I leave the hospital?

You may need to continue PN at home. A healthcare provider will teach you, or someone close to you, how to give PN at home. You will learn how to take care of your IV catheter. You will also learn how to change the bandage that covers your IV catheter site. Your provider will make sure you have the supplies you need. Providers will visit you regularly to monitor your health while you get PN.

How do I care for myself while I use PN at home?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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