New Option Care study shows benefit of clinical interventions

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Friday, March 22, 2019

PHOENIX – Patients with short bowel system receiving parenteral nutrition can avoid hospital readmissions when clinical interventions are provided by a nutrition support team, according to a new study from Option Care. According to the study, SBS patients receiving home PN intravenously (IV), dehydration is a common cause of hospital readmission, with an average three-day length of stay. In the study, the nutrition support team—including a dietitian, nurse and pharmacist—made recommendations (interventions) to adjust the home PN volume based on the weekly monitoring of patients’ hydration status through reviewing laboratory values and conducting nutrition assessments.  “Every intervention decreases the likelihood of the patient being readmitted to the hospital and this study highlights the value of a nutrition team in providing clinical monitoring and nutrition support, which leads to improved patient care and significant cost savings.” The study is being presented at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) 2019 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference.