Can I Work While on Parenteral Nutrition?

Can I Work While on Parenteral Nutrition?

Align Infusion Clinic provides individuals in and around Metairie, Louisiana a full range of medically supervised infusion services in a ‌state-of-the-art facility that’s specifically designed to keep you feeling comfortable during your visit.

Learn more from our specialty team about parenteral nutrition and what you can expect during and after your treatments.

What is parenteral nutrition?

Parenteral nutrition is prescribed to help prevent life-threatening malnutrition in individuals who are either unable to absorb nutrients or whose digestive systems cannot digest solid foods normally.

The preparation used in parenteral nutrition is carefully formulated to meet your nutritional needs. Delivered in liquid form via intravenous (IV) access, all the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other nutrients your body needs bypass the digestive process and enter your bloodstream directly.

Depending on the condition causing your digestive issues, you may be able to consume some solid foods and liquids orally. In this case, you would need partial parenteral nutrition to meet your nutritional requirements. Many individuals, however, require total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

What conditions make parenteral nutrition necessary?

While rare, affecting about 35,000 people in the United States, TPN may be a temporary or lifelong solution for individuals experiencing digestive issues related to:

These conditions can affect children as well as adults and may be related to issues present at birth or due to injury, surgery, or treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer.

TPN may also be recommended for individuals requiring a period of complete bowel rest, which allows your digestive system to recover following surgery for injury, bowel obstruction, etc.

What about work and other routine activities during TPN?

Depending on your age and overall health, once you’ve adjusted to TPN, your medical provider will likely encourage you to resume normal work and social activities as soon as possible.  

There may, of course, be restrictions regarding the type of work your physician advises. Heavy manual labor, for instance, may not be recommended. Most patients, however, experience significant improvement in their endurance and overall energy level as a result of TPN. 

Because TPN is generally required daily and may take as long as 12 hours to infuse, your specialty team at Align provides the nutritional formula, supplies, and training you need to perform TPN at home.

Many patients choose to receive their treatment overnight, but we can also equip you with a backpack to hold the infusion pump and TPN bag so that you can remain mobile while infusing during the day. 

As part of your medical care team, Align Infusion ensures you have an adequate supply of the TPN preparation available as well as the supplies you require throughout your treatment course. 

We also provide practical tips regarding the care of your IV site (usually a central line) and clear directions regarding the use and care of your infusion equipment. 

Our clients also find the Align commitment to patient comfort a welcome respite from the clinical atmosphere common to many infusion sites.

For more information regarding our parenteral nutrition services or the other infusion treatments we offer, call Align Infusion Clinic today or request an appointment online.

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