FAQ’s about Home Parenteral Nutrition
What is TPN?
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) is a method of providing a sterile form of liquid nutrients into the blood through an intravenous (IV) catheter. It contains nutrients your body would normally get from food, such as protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water.
Who needs TPN?
Certain diseases, surgeries, and injuries can cause problems with the normal process of digestion and absorption that occurs in the gastrointestinal tract. The stomach or bowel may not be working normally or a person may have had surgery to remove part or all of these organs. Because TPN is given into the blood, it bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. TPN is only used if other methods to feed into the gastrointestinal tract have failed or are not possible. But in people who need TPN, it can be given for as long as is needed. People can live very well on TPN for many, many years. It can be given to all ages, including infants and children as well as adults.
The Nutrishare clinicians represent a team of pharmacists, nurses, and dietitians. All of these health care professionals have extensive experiences in caring for consumers on long-term TPN.
Can Nutrishare work with my physician?
Nutrishare works well with all different types of physicians including gastroenterologists, surgeons, pediatricians, and internists in caring for the long-term TPN consumer. The relationships have been complimentary and benefit you as the long-term TPN consumer. Specific monitoring processes have been established and routine communication occurs with the physician.
How do I join the Nutrishare Family?
Does Nutrishare work with a wide range of insurers?
Nutrishare has successfully worked with a wide variety of insurers with regard to payment of services rendered.
Eligibility requirements for Nutrishare consumers are that;
1. You are a stable, chronic Home TPN consumer with a local clinical support system including physician and hospital resources.
2. You can safely administer your own Home TPN and care for your catheter (see List in Nutrishare’s ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ checklist for a complete list of client participation requirements and client financial responsibilities).
Can Nutrishare provide me services where I live?
Nutrishare provides TPN and related supplies for consumers throughout the entire United States. Nutrishare utilizes overnight delivery services to ensure timely delivery of your TPN and supplies.
Can I choose my own supplies and infusion pump?
Yes, Nutrishare is the TPN consumer’s home infusion pharmacy! We encourage supplies and infusion pumps, which improve your quality of life. We may suggest alternate products, which are either new developments or offer other features, which may improve your health or quality of life. We continually seek input from the consumer in ultimately determining your supplies or pumps.
How does Nutrishare assist me when traveling?
Nutrishare has encouraged and facilitated travel by consumers on long-term TPN. We do not view the desire to travel as an obstacle for consumers.
Does Nutrishare care for short-term TPN consumers?
Nutrishare focuses on the care of the long-term TPN consumer to provide products and services, which contribute to improving your health and quality of life. Although Nutrishare has the ability to care for the short-term TPN consumer, this has not been the focus of our health care team. Once it is determined that long-term TPN is necessary, Nutrishare will be there to meet your needs.
What happens if I may need medications, supplies, or services on an emergent basis?
Nutrishare clinicians are available on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The pharmacy hours are from 9 am to 5 pm depending on your service site location (CA or KY).
Nutrishare has identified nursing agencies and pharmacies that work with us to provide backup professional services as they are needed.