SmartPN Education Resources

SmartPN Logo(1)ASPEN is partnering with Baxter International Inc. on “SmartPN” a comprehensive collaboration providing healthcare professionals with educational tools on the appropriate use of parenteral nutrition (PN) therapy. 

PN plays a critical role in reducing malnutrition and achieving the best possible health outcomes. However, recent data highlights an unmet need for this therapy—particularly in certain acute and critical care settings. SmartPN is intended to increase awareness about the crucial importance of nutrition care and to help clinicians most effectively administer this life-saving and life-sustaining therapy to patients. 

The audience for this information is any and all members of the team influencing patient nutritional care - physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, nurses and other clinicians. All of the resources, which will be shared here on an ongoing basis, will include webinars, data visualizations, interactive tools, videos and more. Please check back often for the most recent updates. 

SmartPN Video Series 

Parenteral Nutrition represents one of the most notable achievements of modern medicine, and can serve as a therapeutic modality for all age groups across the healthcare continuum. It is a life-sustaining option to patients who cannot get adequate oral or enteral nutrition. However, many patients, despite the advances in enteral and parenteral nutrition are still not getting the therapy they need, especially those in the acute and critical care settings.

This four-part video series will reinforce among clinicians the value of PN and how to use it safely and appropriately:

Part I: PN Appropriateness: The General Approach (Angela Bingham, PharmD, BCPS, BCNSP, BCCCP) 

Part II: The Role of Supplemental Parenteral Nutrition (Kris M. Mogensen, MS, RD-AP, LDN, CNSC)

Part III: Avoiding Overfeeding and Glucose Control Management (Todd Mattox, PharmD, BCNSP)

Part IV: Venous Catheter Selection, Care, and Complication Prevention (Patricia Worthington, MSN, RN, CNSC)

PN Pathway

ASPEN has developed a PN Pathway that outlines each step - from initial assessment of need to transition home - for patients who may require parenteral nutrition. This interactive dashboard provides everyone on the nutrition support team with online resources such as guidance documents, checklists, and useful websites. View the PN Pathway

Parenteral Nutrition 101: A Life-Sustaining Treatment

Parenteral Nutrition, or PN, is a life-sustaining option for patients who cannot eat, absorb, or digest enough food to maintain good nutrition, even through the use of a feeding tube. Learn more about this clinical nutrition therapy, one of the most notable achievements in modern medicine, in ASPEN’s new animation, “Parenteral Nutrition 101: A Life-Sustaining Treatment.”



PN Webinars

The following webinars are available for free in the ASPEN eLearning Center.

Appropriate Parenteral Nutrition Prescribing in the Age of Drug Shortages, June 18, 2019

The Role of Protein and Parenteral Nutrition in the Critically Ill Adult: What's New Since Release of the 2016 ASPEN/SCCM Guidelines? February 27, 2019