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Outcomes for home parenteral nutrition patients in Northern Ireland – a ten year review (2006-2016).

Authors

E. Gardiner, E. Murray, G. Rafferty and G.B. Turner

Publication Date

Autumn 2016

Introduction

Intestinal failure (IF) patients in Northern Ireland requiring home parenteral nutrition (hPN) are managed in the Belfast Trust. The aims of this review were to analyse the aetiology of IF; admission rates (particularly those due to catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI)) and patient outcomes.

Methods

Intestinal failure (IF) patients in Northern Ireland requiring home parenteral nutrition (hPN) are managed in the Belfast Trust. The aims of this review were to analyse the aetiology of IF; admission rates (particularly those due to catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI)) and patient outcomes.

Results

86 patients used hPN between 2006-2016. One patient was excluded due to incomplete data. The average age at presentation was 51 (range 19-78). The mean number of days hPN was administered was 1072 (range 23-3834). The most common causes of IF were Crohn’s disease (29%), surgical complications (22%) and mesenteric ischaemia (18%). There were 414 admissions in the timescale – 137 admissions were due to CRBSI. The CRBSI rate was 1.5 per 1000 catheter days (previously 1.81 (1994-2014)). 43 patients had no infections (51%) and 10 had >5 infections, accounting for 55% of all CRSBI admissions. The most common organisms identified were Gram negative organisms (38%) Coagulase Negative Staphylococci (34%); and Yeasts (11%). 28% of patients remain on home parenteral nutrition; 21 patients have had restoration of intestinal continuity.

Conclusion

Parenteral nutrition remains a safe treatment in the management of intestinal failure. Our CRBSI rate has reduced in the past 10 years, likely due to ongoing patient education and training.


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