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Parenteral nutrition: indications, risks and nursing care

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2016
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This learning module is aimed at enhancing nurses’ understanding of parenteral nutrition and how it differs from oral or enteral nutrition, indications for its use and the potential risks involved. Appropriate vascular access is discussed, as well as the clinical monitoring required to ensure that sepsis, metabolic and electrolyte imbalances and other complications are detected quickly.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Jane Fletcher, Nutrition nurse team leader, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham.


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