Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)

This half-day TPN course is suitable for all nurses and support staff who work with individuals using TPN equipment.


Parenteral feeding is the intravenous administration of nutrients and should be considered for all patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, have a non-functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract or an inaccessible gastrointestinal (GI) tract that prevents enteral feeding. It can also be used for comatose patients.

Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) is the process whereby feeding is not supplemented by any other forms of feeding, such as oral feeding or tube feeding making it the only means by which a person gets the nutrition they need.

Course Contents

  • Definitions and differences – PICC, CVC, TPN
  • Methods of central access
  • What are PICC and CVC lines used for?
  • Routine care and maintenance of the catheter
  • Assessment before use and problem spotting
  • Potential for infection and methods to reduce the risks, including aseptic techniques
  • Emergency procedures – breakage and accidental removal
  • Procedure for flushing the line
  • Procedure for administering medicines
  • Procedure for administering feeds
  • Procedure for dressing changes
  • Practical using mannequin and equipment: Flushing, administering medications, feeds, changing dressings and problem spotting

Course Outcomes

Successful completion of this training course will result in the award of a CPD accredited certificate covering all aspects of the above course contents.

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