Impact of a nutritional support service on va surgical patients

Danny O. Jacobs, George Melnik, Lorreta Forlaw, Charles Gebhardt, R. Gregg Settle, Mary Disipio, John L. Rombeau

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The impact of a multidisciplinary Nutritional Suppport Service (NSS) on the reduction of complication was evaluated in 78 consecutive patients who received total parenteral nutrition (TPN) on the same VA surgical service. Patients were placed into one of three groups (pre-NSS, transition-NSS. post-NSS) based on the evolution of the NSS. A significant reduction in catheter sepsis was observed and was attributable to the establishment of an NSS, specifically, a nurse specialist and protocols for catheter insertion and care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American College of Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • Hyperalimentation
  • Nutrition support service
  • Total parenteral nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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