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Delivering High-Quality Nutrition Support Backed by Research

March 13, 2018 | Innovation

Did you know that Coram CVS Specialty Infusion Services provides important nutrition therapy services to patients requiring intravenous or tube feeding support?

Some people cannot consume or absorb nutrients through regular food intake for a variety of reasons. For example, someone may require nutrition support for a short period of time after surgery. Others may have a disorder of their digestive system – such as difficulty swallowing or an issue with their bowel or stomach – that prevents absorption of nutrition from food or the patient may even have had all or part of this system surgically removed. In these cases, patients would require nutrition support for a longer period of time by either parenteral or enteral feeding. The difference is placement of the device used to deliver nutrients. In parenteral support, nutrition is delivered intravenously into a vein, and in enteral tube feeding, nutrition is delivered through a tube directly inserted in the small intestine or stomach.

As an industry-leading infusion provider, Coram has nearly 40 years of nutrition support expertise, and our services are provided by a specialized team that includes board-certified registered dietitians, infusion nurses and clinical pharmacists and technicians. This team helps to educate the patient and their family about their condition, individual needs and therapy administration, delivers compassionate personalized nutrition care, closely monitors the patient’s response to therapy and works with the patient’s doctor to coordinate all aspects of care.

In addition, the Coram team is investing in ongoing research to help enhance our nutrition services. For example,

  • A study published in Nutrition in Clinical Practice found that the method of tube feeding placement should be considered in certain patients with head and neck cancer to help prevent the risk of the cancer spreading.
  • In separate research studies presented at the annual ASPEN meeting, Coram researchers:
    • assessed formula flow rates of commercially prepared blenderized (or liquid) nutrition formulations with an enteral nutrition pump;
    • facilitated a large scale study to better understand the patient population currently requiring enteral nutrition; and
    • evaluated feeding tube placement compliance with recommended clinical guidelines for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Coram is dedicated to providing high-quality clinical care, education, coordination and personal support for those patients and their families requiring nutrition support as we help them on their path to better health. Learn more.