A.S.P.E.N. parenteral nutrition safety consensus recommendations

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Mar-Apr;38(3):296-333. doi: 10.1177/0148607113511992. Epub 2013 Nov 26.


Parenteral nutrition (PN) serves as an important therapeutic modality that is used in adults, children, and infants for a variety of indications. The appropriate use of this complex therapy aims to maximize clinical benefit while minimizing the potential risks for adverse events. Complications can occur as a result of the therapy and as the result of the PN process. These consensus recommendations are based on practices that are generally accepted to minimize errors with PN therapy, categorized in the areas of PN prescribing, order review and verification, compounding, and administration. These recommendations should be used in conjunction with other A.S.P.E.N. publications, and researchers should consider studying the questions brought forth in this document.

Keywords: nutrition; parenteral formulas/compounding; parenteral nutrition; safety.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Consensus
  • Humans
  • Parenteral Nutrition / adverse effects
  • Parenteral Nutrition / standards*
  • Patient Safety / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Patient Safety / standards*