Specialist unit for intestinal failure needed
A specialist unit dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with intestinal failure (IF) is urgently needed, the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (IrSPEN) has said.
People with IF are unable to digest food or absorb fluids. As a result, they require intravenous supplementation, known as total parenteral nutrition (TPN). This provides liquid nutrition through a catheter or needle that is inserted into a central vein in the chest. This require highly specialised