Parenteral Nutrition Resources

Recommendations and Guidelines

    Safety Checklists (Members Only)

    Safety checklists are available for ASPEN members only. Click here to log in and access checklists.

    • Prescribing and Communicating the Parenteral Nutrition Order
    • Parenteral Nutrition Order Review and Verification Process
    • Parenteral Nutrition Compounding
    • Parenteral Nutrition Administration
    • How to Improve PN Safety in Your Institution

    Adverse Event and Error Reporting Program 

    ASPEN and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) developed this program to educate clinicians about error reporting with nutrition support therapy. Learn more about this program and report nutrition support errors.

    Product Shortages

    • Product Shortage List: ASPEN is continually addressing the ongoing shortage of PN components by working and maintaining communications with the FDA, pharmaceutical manufacturers, other professional healthcare organizations, and clinicians to stay up to date on the status of shortages, collaborate to resolve shortages, and to provide resources for managing shortages.
    • Product Shortage Recommendations: These recommendations, developed by the Clinical Practice Committee Shortage Subcommittee and approved by the Board of Directors, help clinicians manage parenteral nutrition therapy during product shortages.
    • Submit Comments Regarding PN Product Shortages: ASPEN is committed to continually addressing PN product shortages by working with the FDA, manufacturers, other professional healthcare organizations, and clinicians. This communication helps ASPEN stay up to date on the status of shortages, collaborate to resolve shortages and to develop and provide resources to aid in the management of shortages. Comments and input regarding information and experience related to shortages and outages by clinicians is valuable to ASPEN. If your institution is experiencing a shortage of any PN products or components, please voluntarily provide your comments by clicking here.
      Please note, ASPEN is not able to personally communicate regarding these submissions. Thank you in advance for your comments.

    Product Information

    • NEW! Important Facts About Parenteral Selenium (Selenious Acid): With the recent FDA approval of IV selenium, ASPEN has developed a one-page educational sheet on IV selenium for clinicians. Please share with your colleagues.
    • Multi-Chamber Parenteral Nutrition Bags: The following companies produce multi-chamber PN products and have developed charts to show the macro- and micro-nutrients in their products to help clinicians in determining what is appropriate for patients.
      Baxter Products    Fresenius-Kabi Products

    Educational Resources






    • ASHP in collaboration with ASPEN now offers a  Nutritional Support Certificate for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. This self-guided online course consists of 11 modules that review best practices for ordering, access, preparation, and administration of nutritional support. The course provides an overview of the potential complications that could result from enteral or parenteral nutrition. The course also covers malnutrition, nutritional requirements for adults receiving nutrition supports, and monitoring and error reporting. 
    • ASPEN has partnered with Baxter International Inc. to create SmartPN, a series of educational tools on the appropriate use of parenteral nutrition (PN) therapy.
    • ASPEN Best Practices in Parenteral Nutrition Training Series: This four-part live webinar series is a convenient way to get a comprehensive overview on parenteral nutrition. The series has concluded.
    • ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Webinar Series often have PN-specific webinars. See schedule.
    • Parenteral Nutrition Order Writing Workshop at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference. Each year, ASPEN holds an in-person, PN order writing workshop the day before the conference. Details and registration are available in October.