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Neonatal and Pediatric Parenteral Nutrition

Author(s): Anne Gargasz, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Pharmacology Hours: 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2016

Topics: Gastrointestinal, Pharmacology

Population: Neonatal, Pediatric

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Parenteral nutrition is one of the most important therapeutic modalities invented in the last several decades. Since its introduction in the 1960s, this modality has saved thousands of lives by providing nutrients parenterally to sustain growth in premature neonates with severe intestinal immaturity and other pediatric patients with intestinal failure, such as a gastrointestinal fistula or short bowel syndrome. Although parenteral nutrition can be a lifesaving treatment, it is not benign. Many complications can result from either short- or longterm usage. This review discusses the nutritional requirements, common complications, medication additives, and special considerations for pediatric patients requiring parenteral nutrition.


  • Describe the therapeutic benefit of parenteral nutrition in neonatal and pediatric patients.
  • Identify the benefits and complications of parenteral nutrition.
  • Articulate the daily requirements for the components of parenteral nutrition.

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