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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1986 May; 36(286): 222.
PMCID: PMC1960463

General practitioner prescribing of total parenteral nutrition at home


An increasing number of patients, returning to the community after major surgical procedures, receive short- or long-term total parenteral nutrition at home. As total parenteral nutrition is initiated by specialist hospital centres patients may find themselves a considerable distance from that centre when they return home. The hospital may therefore relinquish responsibility for funding the supply of parenteral fluid to a more local source.

This report describes how total parenteral nutrition can be managed by a general practitioner.

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  • Milewski PJ, Gross E, Holbrook I, Clarke C, Turnberg LA, Irving MH. Parenteral nutrition at home in management of intestinal failure. Br Med J. 1980 Jun 7;280(6228):1356–1357. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
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