The ESPEN clinical practice guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition: Present status and perspectives for future research

Department of Surgery, Hospital of Prato, Piazza dell'Ospedale 5, 59100 Prato, Italy.
Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland) (Impact Factor: 4.48). 07/2009; 28(4):359-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2009.05.010
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The ESPEN Guidelines on Parenteral Nutrition (PN) reflect current scientific knowledge in the field of clinical nutrition in adults. They summarize the indications for PN and its anticipated outcomes in respect of the underlying disease, nutritional status and quality of life. They are companion documents to the ESPEN Guidelines on Enteral Nutrition and follow the same general format. They address the influence of the underlying disease on the patient's nutritional status, and that of malnutrition on the outcome of the disease. Contraindications to and complications of PN are considered, together with comparative analyses of the roles of the parenteral and enteral routes in different illness states.

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