San Fernando, 26th July, 2017. The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) continues to enhance Pharmacy services at the San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital with the commencement of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) services.

TPN involves the compounding of admixtures comprising basic nutrients, such as glucose, amino acids, fats and water. TPN is integral to the growth and development of our Paediatric patients including those in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in instances where all of or a part of their digestive system is inactive. TPN is prepared using a sterilised technique performed under a laminar flow hood and is introduced intravenously.

On July 24th, 2017, seven TPN admixtures were compounded at the TPN Room at Level 4, San Fernando Teaching Hospital. The requisite tests were performed by the Microbiology Department to confirm safety for use, and the mixtures were dispensed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The SWRHA is now able to successfully compound admixtures required for the growth and development of patients requiring intravenous feeding at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Paediatric wards at San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital. Previously, admixtures were compounded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

The SWRHA remains committed to our mission of providing comprehensive, quality healthcare in a safe and healthy environment and is pleased to provide our clients with this service at our facility.  

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