Nutrition support shortages may delay or compromise therapy, resulting in errors and suboptimal dosing. Shortages have become more frequent and longer in duration with many continuing on a revolving basis over the past 10+ years. Adults, neonates, and pediatric patients who need this life-sustaining therapy often have no alternatives when a shortage occurs of one or more critical components of nutrition support.
This presentation describes the driving forces within the supply chain and healthcare reimbursement landscape that promote ongoing shortages. Resources, management recommendations, and risk/error mitigation strategies will also be discussed. Following a global, bird’s-eye-view of the problem, a case series discussion will examine how interdisciplinary problem-solving can be used to provide the best nutrition care possible for our patients and consumers receiving life-saving nutrition support.
Planned with the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Dietetic Practice Group
CPE Level: Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
- 4.2.7 Identifies and implements a plan to address opportunities and challenges.
- 10.3.2 Determines factors impacting client/patient progress in meeting goals and adjusts nutrition care plans accordingly.
- 4.1.1 Demonstrates effective problem solving and professional judgment to address needs.
- Discuss how nutrition support shortages threaten public health and safety, negatively affecting healthcare in the U.S.
- Identify the driving forces perpetuating shortages, as well as government and industry responses and efforts for amelioration
- Increase awareness of resources for management and enhance clinicians' ability to provide the best nutrition care possible during shortages
- Allison Blackmer
- Jessica Monczka