Subcutaneous infusion of fluids for hydration or nutrition: A review

Identification: JPEN171101
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 11/30/2018
  • 1.00 - Dietitian
  • 1.00 - Nurse
  • 1.00 - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 - Physician
  • 1.00 - Other


Release Date: November 1, 2017

Expiration Date (all CE credit must be claimed by the expiration date): November 30, 2018

Issue: 8

Volume: 41

Journal: Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN)

Author (s):

Riccardo Caccialanza, MD, Medical Director, Nutrition and Dietetics Service, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia, Italy

Constans Thierry, MD, Professor/Doctor of the University Hospital, Geriatric Medicine Department, University Regional Hospital Center and University François Rabelais, Tours, France

Paolo Cotogni, MD, Anesthesiologist and Head of Unit of Parenteral Nutrition in Oncology, Department of Medicine, S. Giovanni Battista Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Gary Zaloga, MA, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MedSciHealth Consultants, The Villages, FL

Alessandro Pontes Arruda, MD, MSc, PhD, FCCM, Global Medical Affairs Director – Integrated Pharmacy Solutions, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, IL

Link to article: Link

Journal-based CE Activity Overall Goal:

The JPEN Editor, in concurrence with ASPEN’s Education and Professional Development Committee, selected this article to be offered for CE credit to fill an observed learning need in the arena of clinical nutrition and metabolism. This CE activity serves to promote the process of life-long learning for physicians, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses by providing peer-reviewed journal articles that fully qualify for continuing education credits.

Goal and Target Audience:

This educational activity is directed toward clinical nutrition and metabolism professionals and others who wish to update their knowledge of clinical nutrition and metabolism. By participating in this educational activity, the reader may expect to:

  • Acquire knowledge in the area of clinical nutrition and metabolism research

  • Update or confirm your understanding of appropriate clinical nutrition and metabolism practices.

  • Identify further learning needs as they relate to the subject matter.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of subcutaneous infusions.

  2. Choose appropriate patients who would benefit from subcutaneous infusions.

  3. Know the procedure to administer a subcutaneous infusion.

Requirements for Successful Completion: 

To obtain CE credit for this activity, attendees must read the journal article in its entirety, complete an online knowledge assessment for each article and achieve a score of 100%, and complete an online activity evaluation. All CE credit must be claimed prior to the expiration date.

Accreditation Statements/Continuing Education Credit:

Nurses, Pharmacists and Physicians

In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is for a maximum of 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) per journal article and is a knowledge activity.

ASPEN designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM per article. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASPEN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP 3970.

ACPE UAN: 0216-0000-17-060-H04-P. Knowledge activity.


ASPEN, Provider Number AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR level 2. Dietitians may post comments on this program on


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Commercial Relationships Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI) of Authors and Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors

Among the authors, Thierry Constans, has nothing to disclose.

Riccardo Caccialanza has served in a consulting, speaking, teaching and advisory committee role for Baster S.p.A. and received honoraria.

Paolo Cotogni has served in a speaking and teaching role for Baxter S.p.A. and received honoraria.

Gary P. Zaloga has served as a medical consultant for Baxter Healthcare and received pay.

Alessandro Pontes-Arruda has served as an employee and stock holder for Baxter Healthcare corporation and received salary/stocks.

Among the JPEN Associate Editors, David August, Ronald Koretz, Ding-You Li, Jean-Charles Preiser, and Diana Mager have nothing to disclose.

JPEN Editor-in-Chief Kelly Tappenden has served in a speaking role for NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Nutricia, and Abbott Nutrition. Has received honoraria for those roles.

No conflicts related to disclosure information present and subsequently no need for resolution. Standard journal peer-review process also in place as another layer of review to ensure no conflicts to resolve.

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Credits: None available.