The A.S.P.E.N. Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition to Release this Month


July 10, 2012, Silver Spring, MD – The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) announced today that its highly-anticipated The A.S.P.E.N. Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum, 2nd Edition will release this month, and that pre-orders are now being taken.
The A.S.P.E.N. Adult Nutrition Support Core Curriculum combines, into one book, all the information necessary to practice nutrition support therapy. This is an essential book for those involved in nutrition support for the adult patient—from the novice to experienced clinicians.
“This second edition includes content developed by a diverse array of editors and authors, including individuals from universities and medical centers nationwide,” said Charles Mueller, PhD, RD, CNSD, CDN, editor-in-chief and Nutrition Core Director, Clinical and Translational Science Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. “Perspectives on research, clinical practice, education and advocacy enhance the book’s usefulness in translating the science of nutrition support into clinical application.”
The book is divided into four sections:

  1. Basics of Nutrition and Metabolism, examining nutrient intake, digestion, absorption and excretion; energy; carbohydrates; probiotics and prebiotics; lipids; protein; fluids, electrolytes and acid-base disorders and vitamins and trace elements.
  2. Clinical Foundations of Nutrition Support, examining nutrition screening and assessment; overview of enteral nutrition (EN); enteral formulations; enteral access devices; complications of EN; overview of parenteral nutrition (PN); PN formulations; PN access devices; complications of PN; drug-nutrient interactions and dietary supplements.
  3. Nutrition Support of Specific States, examining pregnancy and lactation; wound healing; nutrition in neurologic impairment; critical care sepsis; trauma, surgery, and burns; pulmonary failure; gastrointestinal disease; liver disease; pancreatitis; renal disease; short bowel syndrome; solid organ transplantation; infection, including HIV; cancer; nutritional and medical management of diabetes; mellitus in hospitalized patients; obesity; nutrition support for older adults and chylothorax and chylous ascites
  4. Management and Professional Issues, examining home nutrition support; ethics and law; quality improvement and application of research; derivation of guidelines; and evidence-based practice.

With a total of 40 chapters, the book also features Practice Scenarios, which are single teaching questions designed to facilitate critical thinking and application of the content to clinical practice. Test Your Knowledge questions and answers are also included to help readers with their learning objectives.


The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education.