We are sponsoring a food drive in honor of God's Pantry Food Bank to celebrate National Nutrition Month.
According to the most recent data published by Feeding America®, 15.8% of Kentucky residents suffer from food insecurity.
Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods for all household members.
This means 699,590 Kentucky residents make trade-offs between having enough food and supporting their basic needs, such as paying for housing or medical bills.
Join your Registered Dietitians in celebrating National Nutritional Month by donating non-perishable goods to provide hunger relief to Kentuckians…
Or go online and make a donation to God’s Pantry Food Bank at https://give.godspantry.org/
Our food drive in honor of National Nutrition Month and God's Pantry Food Bank was wildly successful! Every day we received more food than the last. A special thanks to the employees of Saint Joseph Hospital, whose generosity allowed us to collect an entire barrel (plus some) of shelf stable foods for the people of the Commonwealth.
Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is a method of feeding which bypasses the gastrointestinal tract,
and is an integral part of medical treatment when normal physiological means of nourishment cannot be
utilized. TPN is associated with inherent risk such as hyperglycemia, electrolyte imbalances, increased
oxidative stress, hepatic dysfunction, and potential infectious morbidity. The most commonly reported
hepatic abnormalities include fatty liver, cholelithiasis, and cholestasis.
The primary source of energy in TPN solutions is carbohydrate in the form of dextrose
monohydrate, which is oxidized at a maximum rate of 4-7 mg/kg/min in humans. Higher dextrose
infusion rates may contribute to excess carbon dioxide production, which is undesirable for patients
with respiratory problems. Additionally, excess glucose is used by the liver for repletion of glycogen
stores and lipid synthesis, contributing to abnormal liver function test (LFT) values secondary to fatty
According to the ASPEN Guidelines of Nutrition Support Care in the Adult Critically Ill Patient,
those patients who require TPN in the ICU setting may benefit from a hypocaloric feeding strategy which
also provides adequate protein. Dextrose infusion rates of 5 mg/kg/min or less is generally
recommended to prevent hyperglycemia and hepatic dysfunction. Effort should be made to avoid
energy provision that exceeds estimated energy requirements, as carbon dioxide production increases
significantly with lipogenesis and may be tolerated poorly in patients prone to CO 2 retention.
In conclusion, avoiding excessive energy intake in the critically ill patient requiring TPN Support
may reduce the potential for infectious morbidity, duration of mechanical ventilation, and hospital
length-of- stay. At Saint Joseph Hospital, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists follow ASPEN guidelines and
aim to provide dextrose infusions of 4 mg/kg/min or less when recommending TPN support for critically