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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


GULIN DAVILA, J.  and  LOPEZ GARCIA, V. M.. Implementation of the standards for monitoring parenteral nutritional support in the adult patient. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2010, vol.25, n.3, pp.443-448. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: The Group on Nutrition of the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacy (SEFH) recently published the practice standards for the pharmacist regarding specialized nutritional support. One of these standards includes the parameters that should be monitored for a correct follow-up of the adult patient on parenteral nutrition (PN.) Objectives: to assess the level of monitoring of PN patients according to the practices recommended by SEFH. Materials and method: a prospective observational study was designed. Data were gathered from all adult patients with PN admitted to the Xeral-Calde Hospital Complex (Lugo) for a 3-month period. The standards were applied and their implementation was assessed by means of a numerical scale with values ranging 1 to 5. Results: Of the 171 episodes of PN, the monitoring level is higher among critically ill patients (3.5) than among stable patients (2.7-2.8). Conclusions: The use of standards is a useful tool to objectively assess the items to be improved in order to provide a quality, safe, and efficient nutritional support. Although the monitoring level is higher in critically ill patients than in stable ones, according to the standards, in both cases it may be improved.

Keywords : Parenteral nutrition; Standards; Monitoring; Quality.

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