Total Parenteral Nutrition

Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)  food (in liquid form) given to you through a central line. TPN may be used for patients who have cancer of the head, neck, or digestive system and whose treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause side effects that limit eating or drinking.

Patients with the following problems may benefit from Total Parenteral  Nutrition:

  • Stomach and intestines that are not working or have been removed
  • Severe nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Severe sores in the mouth or esophagus
  • A fistula (hole) in the stomach or esophagus
  • Loss of body weight and muscle with normal enteral nutrition

The Carepoint staff would help in the following:

  • Coordination of transition to home care.
  • Interdisciplinary plan of care, based on nutrition assessment.
  • Monthly evaluation of nutrition status, progress, and compliance.
  • Reassessment based on plan of care.
  • Clinical resource for patients and caregivers throughout course of treatment.
  • Services include the personal delivery of all needed equipment and supplies, and 24-hour, on-call availability.
  • Complete patient training in appropriate self-care is provided; this training includes family members, who may participate as caregivers.

Nutrition Goals:

  • Minimizes re-hospitalization
  • Optimal patient outcomes
  • Meets nutritional goals

Carepoint professionals assess and monitor patients on a case-by-case basis, coordinating therapy with the patient’s physician, local nursing agencies, and family members.