Home Parenteral Nutrition

Home Parenteral Nutrition

Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is defined as parenteral nutrition administered outside the hospital, either at home or at nursing home.

HPN is an integral part of the management of adults and children for all where food and fluids cannot be absorbed normally or if oral/enteral feeding is not possible or sufficient. HPN is considered a valid option for improving quality of life in patients whose conditions require long-term parenteral nutrition.

For instance, home parenteral nutrition may allow patients to manage their needs for additional nutritional intake outside the hospital. For certain patients this may mean in practice:

  • less pressure to eat in sufficient quantities
  • ability to perform daily activities, including family life
  • ability to work
  • ability to travel
  • increased independence in daily life

To know more you can visit our new website dedicated to home parenteral nutrition or you can download the MNI Frequently Asked Questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Home Parenteral Nutrition

Providing quality nutritional care at home – full interview to joint session speakers

From your personal experience, how has medical nutrition impacted your life?
Marek Lichota, Inflammatory bowl disease patient

Why is malnutrition so important to detect?
Professo Rocco Barazzoni, Chair of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN)

To what degree are patients malnourished in the hospital?
Anibal Marinho, APNEP Chair

Why is providing quality nutritional care at home so important?
Frank de Man, ENHA Executive Director

Why do patients need medical nutrition support not only in the hospital?
Rocco Barazzoni, ESPEN Chair

How can the ESPEN guidelines facilitate quality nutritional care at home?
Stephan Bischoff, ESPEN Guidelines Board Chair